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Title: Koshey the Deathless
Artist: Buyko Konstantin
Size: 8.5x12.5x2.5
Size (inches): 3.25x5x1
Price : $1750 SOLD!


This unique box was created by the talented K. Buyko of Fedoskino. On the box's lid he has drawn Koshchey the Deathless sitting on his throne in the luxuriant chamber of his gloomy castle.
In Russian mythology Koshchey is an evil person of ugly, senile appearance who kidnaps young beautiful woman. He is very rich, and lives in the stone castle. He is a magician, and he can not be killed. His death is hidden inside a needle, which is in an egg, which is in a duck, which is in a hare, which is in an iron chest, which is hung on a green oak tree, which is on the island of Buyan, in the ocean.
The most part of this scene is drawn over aluminum powder that helps to strengthen the colors, and accentuate richness of Koshchey's costume. Gold paint is used to detail Koshchey's costume, and to create brilliance of the golden coins kept in the chest.
On the lid's interior the artist has drawn one more scene that shows Koshchey's treasury. Looking at it a viewer can understand how rich Koshchey is. Magic books, magic weapon, silver and gold tableware, precious wine and innumerable number of chests filled with gold coins, precious stones and other treasures are kept in Koshchey's treasury. This scene is drawn against the red lacquered background, and detailed with gold paint.
Working on both scenes the artist has used the overlay method of application. The overlay method is when an artist paints a particular portion of the scene, lightly lacquers over it with clear lacquer and then completes other portions on top of or around the original. This method helps to achieve a three-dimensional effect.
The scene painted on the box's lid is decorated with a nice pattern composed of red and green triangles outlined with gold. The box's exterior is covered with dark blue lacquer mixed with silver powder while the interior is traditionally covered with red lacquer. Small gold flowers are scattered on the box's sides and the box's exterior bottom. In the middle of the box's exterior bottom the artist has drawn the old oak tree and the iron chest hanging on it. This scene is drawn in gold paint, and set into an oval.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. A hinge is fastened to the left of the scene, and the box rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed with the artist's name, Fedoskino, the year of 2006, and the title (“Abandoned Koshchey”).

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