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Title: Golden Cockerel
Artist: Tsyganova Olga
Size: 16.5x11.5x4.5
Size (inches): 6.5x4.5x1.75
Price : $495 SOLD!


Olga Tsyganova from the village of Palekh painted this box. It features a scene from the Pushkin's fairy-tale "The Golden Cockerel".
Tsar Dadon receives a magic golden cockerel from the astrologer. In return for it he promises to fulfill any of the astrologer's wishes. Tsar Dadon needs the golden cockerel as it can crow to warn the tsar of approaching danger, enabling him to assemble troops and rebuff the enemy attack.
The colors come in a vivid splash of delicious animation. Vibrant oranges, electric blues, bright greens and browns compose the clothing of the characters and the remaining imagery of the landscape. The black lacquer exterior, used as the night sky, makes all of the colors dive right into the palm of your hand. Tsyganova does an amazing job with gold contours. Because of these golden highlights, the entire piece casts a blooming radiance from off its surface.
The scene is framed with gold beads. Another string of gold beads runs along the bottom border of the box. The sides of the box are decorated with intricate floral pattern painted in gold and aluminum.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. A hinge is fastened to the top of the composition. The box rests on four legs. It is signed by the artist's name and the year of 2006 at the bottom of the composition in gold paints.

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