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Title: Tale of Frog Princess
Artist: Yakovets Elena
Size: 6x7.5x2.5
Size (inches): 2.25x3x1
Price: $175 $145

This small, but detailed box has been painted by the talented Palekh artist Yakovets Elena. She does a wonderful job in coordinating very bright colors in small areas to burst with life and animation.
The composition shows a scene from the popular Russian fairy-tale "Princess Frog".
Powerful Tsar noticed that it was time for his three sons to be wed. He summoned them all at once and told them to each fire a single arrow into the air. The closest maiden to each fallen arrow would become that son's wife. Ivan and his two brothers shoot arrows into the air to find their future brides. A frog catches Ivan's arrow and this is who he is obligated to marry...
The composition is painted in the traditional Palekh style. The artist did a wonderful job in the development of texture. The greens, oranges and reds give off new radiance because of these highlights. As a genre scene, this Russian lacquer miniature couldn't be more appealing.
An elegant ornament of golden dots frames the composition. The sides of the box are adorned with the spectacular gold pattern.
The box is constructed from papier-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box while red lacquer completes the interior. The lid is hinged and the box rests flat. The box is signed with the artist's name, village of Palekh and year 06(2006).

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