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Title: Holiday Semik
Artist: Suloeva Nina
Size: 16x12x5
Size (inches): 6.25x4.75x2
Price: $495

This fine box was created by the talented Palekh artist Suloeva Nina.
The box shows how the Russians celebrate the ancient Russian festival called "Semik". It is celebrated in the middle of June (the seventh Thursday after Easter).
This festival is notable for a complex of rites such as marking farewell to spring and welcoming summer. Celebration of this festival includes glorification of verdant Earth; the central figure of this festival is a birch. Celebrating this festival people decorate their houses with birch twigs and flowers. Young people sing and dance in a ring round a birch, play different games and decorate birches with multi-colored ribbons.
The composition is painted in the traditional Palekh style, using typical colors: red, blue, yellow and green. The costumes of the characters, and the surrounding landscape are richly detailed with gold and silver paints.
Composition is framed with a golden ornament. The edges of a lid and the sides of the box are decorated with a filigree pattern painted in gold and aluminum.
The box is constructed of paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint its exterior while red lacquer completes its interior. The box is hinged at the top of the composition and the box rests on the four legs. The work is signed with the artist's name, village of Palekh and a year of 2017.

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