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Title: Ruslan and Ludmila
Artist: Nechaev Oleg
Size: 15.5x19.5x4.5
Size (inches): 6x7.75x1.75
Price : $1495 SOLD!


This interesting box painted by a talented Fedoskino artist Oleg Nechaev, is based on poet's Pushkin's fairy-tale "Ruslan and Ludmila". The lid of this box is covered with complicated composition that show different scenes from the tale. Here we can find the scene showing the battle of Ruslan with the Giant Head. Next we see the cowardly and evil Farlaf. He has just killed Ruslan, and only the old Finn wizard can help Ruslan magically bringing him back to life using special "life and death" waters. Then follows the scene showing the wicked sorcerer Chernomor. And at last we see the moment of the tale when Ruslan enters Ludmila's room and tries to wake her with a magical ring given to him by the old Finn. After a few anxious moments, Ludmila finally opens her eyes.
The scene is mostly painted in contrast oils-blacks on white.The artist masterfully used golden foil and golden paint to richly highlighted the details of the characters.
The box's exterior is decorated with so called "scan patterns" composed of tiny beads and romps hand punched from silver metal sheets and then painstakingly affixed by hand to the box.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. The lid is hinged to the left of the scene, and rests on four legs. Signed with the artist's name and title "Ruslan and Ludmila" above the composition.

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