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Title: Baba Yaga
Artist: Maslov Vlad
Size: 18x14x5.5
Size (inches): 7x5.5x2.25
Price : $1650 SOLD!


The talents of Vladislav Maslov depict a recognizable moment from the Russian fairy-tale "Geese and Swans". Here we can see Alyonushka and her brother, Ivanushka, escaping from Baba-Yaga (the scene is painted on the box's lid and extended on the box's sides). In the beginning of the tale Ivanushka has been kidnapped by the wicked birds, Geese and Swans, by the order of Baba-Yaga. Fortunately, his brave sister, Alyonushka manages to save him.
The scene is brilliantly painted in Maslov's signature style using dark tones of oils. The dark color palette is enlivened by gold paint, gold and silver metal powders, gold metal leaf inlays, mother-of-pearl beads and colored spangles. Gold paint is used to detail the costumes of the characters; gold metal powder is used to highlight most areas of the scene for instance, the straw on the hut's roof; gold metal leaf inlay shines through Ivanushka's shirt; shining blue and red spangles create a sparkle of the glass in the hut's windows, and differently shaped mother-of-pearl beads are glued to the box's exterior, both on the box's lid and on its sides. The characters and animals are detailed to an extreme that makes them come to life by way of their body language. Within the composition there is a great deal to look at, and every time you pick up this box it feels like you are looking at it for the first time.
The box is made out of paper-mache. The box's exterior bottom is covered with black lacquer while its interior is traditionally covered with red lacquer.The lid is hinged from the top of the scene, and the box rests on four legs. On the lid's interior a square shaped piece of mother-of-pearl is glued; the title of the work and the artist's name is written on it.

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