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Title: Baba Yaga
Artist: Maslov Vlad
Size: 15.5x19.5x5
Size (inches): 6x7.75x2
Price : $1950 SOLD!


Fantastically talented Vladislav Maslov from Fedoskino has painted this splendid composition. It is a fine specimen of an oil based painting, which adheres to the principle techniques and methods of the Fedoskino style.
The box shows Baba-Yaga sitting near her magic hut on chicken legs. Baba-Yaga is the oldest character of the Slavonic mythology. Originally Baba-Yaga was the goddess of death; people imagined her as a woman with the snake tail who guarded the entrance into the other world and accompanied the souls of dead people into the Kingdom of the Dead.
Baba Yaga is the most famous figure in Russian fairy tales that represents evil.
On this box Baba-Yaga is depicted as a main character of the Russian folk fairy-tale "Geese and Swans". In this tale Baba-Yaga's servants, Geese and Swans, kidnap a little boy, Ivanushka.
The scene is drawn in dark tones as the action takes place at night. Gold paint is used to detail Baba-Yaga's costume; to paint the forest flowers, the stars, the leaves soaring in the air; to create a light source in Baba-Yaga's hut, and to enhance some other minor details. A big, round-shaped piece of mother-of-pearl that shines with green, violet and pink undertones helps to create a shimmer of the full moon.
A thin, waving gold line acts as a frame for the scene; gold line can be also found wrapping around the bottom part of the box's sides. The box's exterior is covered with gold metal powder mixed with green and pink paint. The exterior is also decorated with variously shaped leaves that are drawn in silver paint and detailed with bright oils. The box's interior is red. Both on the lid's interior and on the box's interior bottom the artist painted forest flowers using gold paint and very pale tones of oils. On the bottom exterior a leaf shaped piece of mother-of-pearl is glued; the title of the work and the artist's name is written on it.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. A hinge is fastened to the left of the scene, and the box rests on four legs.

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