I’m actually a fan of eggs myself and that was probably my biggest reason for wanting to check out this exhibition Precious Eggs: Of Art, Beauty and Culture at Singapore Philatelic Museum – what can you do with eggs to make them look beautiful, and what do they have to do with stamps?
The exhibits pretty much speak for themselves, I love so many of them with their various materials and designs. Turns out that these eggs were featured on stamps too! In collaboration with Liechtenstein National Museum, many of these eggs were shown outside of Europe for the first time.
These precious eggs are one of a kind and I’m so glad I got to see them! If you missed the exhibition, keep reading to see more of the eggs!
| Cover picture: St. George and the Dragon, Russia |
Left: Marble Crib Egg, Ecuador, 1998; Right: Owl Egg, Kashmir, India, 1992
I love owls (for no reason in particular), so I instantly took a liking to this little owl sitting inside a tiny egg! :D
Left: Marble Cage Egg, Indonesia, 1989; Right: Wedgwood Egg, Great Britain, ceramic, 1989
Left: Blue-gold Egg, China, porcelain, 2004; Right: ‘Sissi’ Egg, Austria, porcelain, 2009
Russian Doll Eggs, Russia, wood, 1987
Instead of dolls, I like how these eggs take from the style of Russia doll eggs to display the continents by size! I think it skipped on Antartica, it was sadly left out.
Musical Egg, USA, goose egg, 1988
Beside this egg, there was a button you could press to play the music that comes with the egg! I absolutely love the elaborateness of the design on its own as well.
Apple Blossom Egg replica, Liechtenstein, metal, c. 2016
5: Imperial Stork Egg, Russia, porcelain, c. 1900, 10: Pendant with bead-like design, Russia, enamel, c. 1900, 11: Double-headed eagle crystal pendant, Russia, crystal, c. 1900, 12: Fabergé owl pendant, Russia, crystal, c. 1900
Blue Serpent Clock Egg, Hungary, metal and enamel, 1990
A very fancy clock. The serpent’s head is amplified by the green jade in the centre and what I think is its tongue marks the hour.
St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russia, silver cloisonné, c. 19th century
Swarovski Egg, Liechtenstein, chicken egg, 1999
St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Swarovski Egg are my two favourites! I just can’t decide which one I like more – love the colours and craftsmanship of both.
Swan on Swan, Switzerland, swan egg, 1985
The Swan on Swan egg looks very delicate and subtle, which is pretty different from the rest of the eggs shown but still very beautiful.
Bunny Family under a Tree, Switzerland, chicken egg, 1990
I just can’t help but make the association to Easter because of the bunnies!
Island of Immortality Egg, China, glass and cork, 1988
Another close favourite of mine! The exterior of the egg is made of glass, and the interior island is made from cork carvings. The rocks, pine trees and cranes are all symbols of longevity in Chinese culture, hence the island of immortality.
I love how the egg seems to hold a complete story of its own, and really, how every egg tells something different!