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Egg Dance

Photo credit: The New Art Gallery Walsall

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An egg dance is an ancient, traditional Easter game in which eggs are laid on the ground and people dance around them. The goal is to dance among them damaging as few as possible.

The egg was traditionally a symbol of rebirth in Pagan celebrations of Spring. It was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the rebirth of man at Easter. Performers would dance, blindfolded, to popular tunes such as 'The Hornpipe' with complex footwork which forced the dancer to pass backwards and forwards between the eggs at great speed.

The New Art Gallery Walsall





oil on canvas


H 171.5 x W 105 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from J. E. Guest, 1976

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Inscription description

John Collier 1903


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