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Title: Semik (Russian village celebration)
Artist: Kryukova Valentina
Size: 16.5x16x5.5
Size (inches): 6.5x6.5x2.25
Price: $950

This gorgeous and complex scene was painted by the talented Kryukova Valentina from the village of Palekh. It 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 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 painted in the traditional Palekh style is very bright and colorful. The costumes of the characters, and the surrounding landscape are richly detailed with gold and aluminum paints.
The piece is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint its exterior while red lacquer completes its interior. The lid has a hinge at the top of the composition.The box rests on the four legs.
The exterior of the piece is richly decorated with beautiful gold filigree designs. The work is signed with the artist's name, village of Palekh and year (2021).

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