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Title: Geese and Swans
Artist: Molodkin Nikolay
Size: 31.5x16.5x6
Size (inches): 11.25x6.5x2.25
Price: $2650 $1750

This box that features a moment from the Russian folk fairy-tale "Geese and Swans"( or "The Magic Swan Geese") was painted by a well-established Mstera artist, Molodkin Nikolay.
Here is the sinopsis of the tale:
Once there was a couple who had both a daughter and a son. They left their daughter Aleonushka in charge of her younger brother Ivanushka, but one day she lost track of him and the magic swan geese snatched him away. The daughter chased after him and came upon an oven that offered to tell her if she ate its rye buns; she scorned them, saying she doesn't even eat wheat buns. She also scorned similar offers from an apple tree, and a river of milk. She came across a little hut built on a hen's foot, in which she found Baba Yaga with her brother; Baba Yaga sent her to spin flax and left. A mouse scurried out and said it would tell her what she needed to know if she gave it porridge; she did, and it told her that Baba Yaga was heating the bath house to steam her, then she would cook her. The mouse took over her spinning, and the girl took her brother and fled.
Baba Yaga sent the swan geese after her. She begged the river for aid, and it insisted she drink some of it first; she did, and it sheltered her. When she ran on, the swan geese followed again, and the same happened with the apple tree and the oven. Then she reached home safely.
Here we can see major moments: Aleonushka has reached Baba-Yaga's Hut and talked to Baba Yaga , to the left of the composition brother and sister are passing the river over the bridge and coming to the apple tree and the oven.
The scene is framed with a gold ornament; the box's sides are decorated with the intricate gold leafy ornamentation as well.
The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The lid is hinged at the top, and the box rests on four feet. Signed with the artist's name, the village of Mstera, and the title.

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