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Title: Baba Yaga
Artist: Maslov Vlad
Size: 12.5x12.5x2.5
Size (inches): 5x5x1
Price : $1450 SOLD!


This enchanting box was painted by the leading Fedoskino artist, Vladislav Maslov. This piece exemplifies the idea of the hidden treasure. It does so with its abundant detail, sparkling mother-of-pearl inlays and the ferocious beauty of the color combinations. This is a singular look into the world of Fedoskino lacquer miniatures.
The box shows the forest witch, Baba-Yaga, making a magic potion out of forest herbs. Baba-Yaga's servants, the White Steed, the Black Cat and the White Cat, observe this interesting procedure. Since ancient times the white and black colors in Russia are associated with a phenomenon of the other world.
The scene is brilliantly painted in Maslov's signature style and elaborately detailed with shining silver and gold paint. A large piece of mother-of-pearl that has green and blue undertones is set into the middle of the bowl to create the illusion that a magic beverage is boiling inside the bowl. The bowl is also decorated with three-dimensional elements to give it a three-dimensional look. Another piece of mother-of-pearl shines through the window creating a depth of the composition.
The scene is framed with very thin gold bands completed with colored, pearl beads glued to the box' exterior. The box's sides and its exterior bottom are of light grey color; this light grey background is decorated with dark grey drops and leaves highlighted with gold powder. The leaves are also spread on the box's lid, and serve a as a frame for the depicted scene. The interior is traditionally covered with red lacquer.
The box is made out of paper-mache. The lid is hinged from the top of the scene, and the box rests on three pearl beads. The work is signed with the artist's name, the title (“Baba-Yaga”), and the year of 2009 on the square, shining piece of mother-of-pearl glued to the lid's interior.

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