Russian Spinning Lesson Easter Egg. An wooden Easter egg with motifs of traditional Russian spinning. An older woman in Russian folk costume sits spinning thread using a prialka. A young girl in a simple colorful peasant costume watches her enraptured. Two other children, one a boy, also pay attention to the lesson, while a brown dog lies at the old woman's feet. An unsigned egg circa mid-1990's. Painted in Sergiev-Posad, this egg by an anonymous artist was made in the mid-1990's. 3". 1 only, as pictured.
An ancient tool of Russian spinners, a prialka or pryalka is a distaff, which is a device used for spinning. In old Russia (and even olden Russia), spinning was essential to a girl's upbringing. Some of the most artistic distaffs were made in the Northern Dvina River region of Russia.