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Title: Archangel Michael
Artist: Kornilova Dariya
Size: 11.5x6x2
Size (inches): 4.5x2.25x0.75
Price : $195 SOLD!


Dariya Kornilova from the village of Palekh created this marvelous work showing St. Michael who is the leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell. Michael is revered in Catholic tradition and liturgy as the protector of the Church, as once he was regarded as the protector of the Israelites. In the Eastern Church, as well as among many theologians in the West, St Michael is placed over all the angels, as prince of the Seraphim. He is the special patron of sick people, mariners, and grocers; in Asia Minor many curative springs were dedicated to him. His cult has also been popular in Egypt, Rome, France, and Germany. His emblems are a banner, a sword, a dragon, and scales. The name Michael is a variation of Micah, meaning in Hebrew, "Who is like God?"
The composition is dominated by green and red tones. The background like on many Palekh miniatures is simply left black. Gold highlighting is added throughout the scene so expertly, that the ultra-thin lines blend seamlessly into the painting. Kornilova is able to achieve elegant detailing that really makes this scene come alive.
The scene is framed with magnificent and rich gold floral ornamentation. The sides of the box are decorated with curling gold scrollwork.
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The box is hinged from the top of the composition, and rests on a flat bottom. It is signed with the artist's name, the village of Palekh and the year of 1999 at the bottom of the composition.

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