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Title: Tale of a Frog Princess
Artist: The Terentievs ,Olga and Sergey
Size: 22.5x15.5x6.5
Size (inches): 8.75x6x2.5
Price: $695 $599

This very large box was painted by the talented Palekh artists family-the Terentievs Sergey and Olga. It shows one of the scenes from the popular Russian fairy-tale "Tale of a Frog Princess".
This piece shows a very beggining from this tale. Here we can see a moment when the old Tsar tells Ivan and his brothers to shoot their arrows blindfolded, into a random direction to find a wife. The arrows of Ivan's brothers land near the houses of the rich and beautiful maidens. The happy Tsar welcomes his daughters-in-law on the threshold of his palace. And we can see in the central part of the composition, that Ivan has found his arrow in the swamp, so he picked up a Frog. But later on there will a happy end when the Frog became a beautiful Princess and entertain a Tsar.
The scene is painted in bright tempera paints, and richly detailed with gold and silver paints. Gold and silver paints are also used to decorate the box's exterior with intricate ornaments.
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 from the top of the scenes, and the box rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed on the top with the artists names and the village of Palekh.

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