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Title: Morozko
Artist: Gelisheva Ludmila
Size: 17.5x3.5x2.5
Size (inches): 7x1.25x1
Price : $465 SOLD!


This box was painted by the talented Palekh artist Ludmila Gelisheva. The has a shape of a pencil-box and can be used for storing pens or pencils.
The box shows some scenes from Russian fairy-tale "Morozko" or "Father Frost". It tells about a little girl who was sent to the forest on a bitterly cold night by her cruel stepmother. The stepmother intends to kill the girl because she is more beautiful and hardworking than her own daughter. The end of the tale is happy; the girl is rewarded while her stepmother and stepsister are punished.
On this composition we can see several moments of this fairy tale. On the left-father is riding a girl to the forest after the order of the stepmother.In the middle-Father Frost is awarding the girl and to the right-stepmother and her daughter are looking at the chest full of treasures, that a girl was awarded.
The work is a good example of intricate Palekh art. The green colors become electric, the reds and oranges passionate. Hair thin gold and silver accents have been used extensively throughout the composition adding rich luminescence and delicacy to the piece.
The box's exterior is decorated with intricate gold leafy patterns.
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. The lid is hinged from the top, and the box rests flat. The artist wrote her name, the year of 2011 and the village name of Palekh along the bottom of the composition in gold paint.

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