Other Treasures > A watercolor of a branch of pussy willow by Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna

The watercolor on card depicts a branch of pussy willow next to a partially visible green Easter egg. Dimensions: 4 1/8 x 1 5/8 in (10.4 x 4.1 cm).

In Russia and much of Eastern Europe, Palm Sunday is called Pussy Willow Sunday (Вербное воскресенье in Russia and Вербна or квітна неділя in Ukraine) because churchgoers carry these branches in a procession recalling Christ’s entry into Jerusalem when palms were scattered before Him. Palms were not easily found in northern regions and the pussy willow–which becomes barren in winter only to spring to life with buds each spring–became the preferred plant. This card was obviously one of the many handpainted Easter greetings the Grand Duchess painted for her closest relations.

Price: $450

Item#: 1404-053FF

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