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Title: Ivan Tsarevich and a Gray Wolf
Artist: Yagodkina Serafima
Size: 12.5x9x14.5
Size (inches): 5x3.5x5.75
Price: $650 $495

This small casket has been painted by a talented artist Yagodkina Serafima from the village of Palekh. The box's lid and all its four sides show the scenes from Russian fairy-tale Ivan Tsarevich and a Grey Wolf!
The Fairy-tale tells about the adventures of the Prince Ivan Tsarevich and his companion the Grey Wolf, a magician. After the wolf ate Ivan's horse, they became partners in crime. The wolf felt sorry for Ivan, and he helped him in his quest to get Elena to be his bride. The Gray Wolf even helps Ivan when his brothers murder him and throw his remains in a bucket, out to sea. When the wolf gets the waters of life and death, Ivan is able to be alive again and go back to avenge his brothers. It is only then that Elena is able to marry the man she truly loves. Who knows if this would have happened if the Gray Wolf would not have been hungry the day Ivan's horse crossed its path.
One of the scene shows Ivan Tsarevich riding the Grey Wolf with Elena the Beautiful and holding the Fire Bird's cage in his hands, the other one- a talk of Ivan and Grey Wolf, Ivan tries to catch Fire-Bird...
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The box has a hinge and rests on four legs. The work is signed with the artist's name and Palekh.

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