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Title: Beaten & unbeaten
Artist: Petrova Larisa
Size: 13x8,5x3
Size (inches): 5x3.5x1.25
Price : $280 SOLD!


This adorable piece of Russian artistry was composed by the talented Larisa Petrova from the village of Palekh. The subject is based on the Russian folk fairy-tale "The Fox and the Wolf". This tale tells how the Fox managed to deceive the Wolf. Once she found fish scattered not far from the ice-hole, and just at that moment the Wolf happened to go by that place. The sly Fox didn't want to share fish with the Wolf, and offered to catch fish by himself by means of his tail. She advised the Wolf to drop his tail into the ice-hole and left him. Some time later water in the ice-hole froze, and the Wolf couldn't to take his tail out of the ice-hole. Soon village woman carrying yokes and pails appeared near the ice-hole. They saw the Wolf and started to beat him. As the Wolf's tail froze to the ice-hole, he couldn't escape. After several attempts to run away from the woman, he tore off his tail. The Fox saw this scene, and to avoid revenge she smeared her head with pastry. When the Wolf found the Fox, and wanted to punish her, she said that the women had beaten her too. She added that the woman had beaten her so hard that the brains got out of her head. The Wolf was so sorry for the sly Fox that he offered to carry her on his back. Riding on his back she repeated the following words: "The Beaten One carries the Healthy One".
The artist paints the scene in bright yellow, orange, and green tones against the black background. Gold and aluminum paints are used to add different details. A thick band of gold metal leaf frames the upper part of the scene. The artist continues to paint the beautiful winter forest landscape within the boundaries of the composition that it acts like an original frame for the painting.
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior and red lacquer is used to paint the interior of the box. Beautiful gold filigree decorated with aluminum snowflakes and dots wraps around the box's sides. The lid isn't hinged, and rests on four feet. The work is signed with the artist's name, the village of Palekh, and the year of 2005 at the bottom of the composition in gold paints.

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