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Title: Tale of Ivan Tsarevich and Gray Wolf
Artist: Kuzmenko Galina
Size: 15.5x12x4.5
Size (inches): 6x4.75x1.75
Price : $295 SOLD!


Talented Palekh artist, Galina Kuzmenko, has painted this composition.
The box features several scenes from the Russian folk tale "Ivan Tsarevich and the Grey Wolf".
The tale is about the adventures of the Prince Ivan Tsarevich and his friend, the Grey Wolf, a magician. The Wolf ate the horse of Ivan Tsarevich and to redress a wrong, he helped Ivan in several quests: to get the firebird, to get the horse with the golden mane, and to get the beautiful princess.
In the begging of the story Ivan Tsarevich trying to catch the Fire Bird. This bird has been filching golden apples from the orchard of Ivan's father; and the old Tsar has ordered his three sons to catch the thief. The Fire Bird breaks loose from Ivan's hands, leaving its burning feather in his hands, and flies away. But now Ivan is ready to respond his father who is the thief.
The left bottom corner depicts Ivan Tsarevich stealing the horse with the golden mane from Tsar Kusman's stable. He does it by the following reason: while he has been trying to steal the Fire Bird from Tsar Afron's palace, the tsar's guards caught him. Tsar Afron promised to release Ivan if he would manage to procure him the horse with the golden mane. Ivan Tsarevich failed to steal the horse, and Tsar Kusman's guards caught him. Now it was Tsar Kusman's turn to oblige Ivan with a new task; this time Ivan was ordered to steal the princess, Elena the Beautiful.
As Ivan Tsarevich failed in fulfilling two previous tasks, the Grey Wolf decided to steal the princess by himself. The Grey Wolf steals Elena the Beautiful from Tsar Dalmat's palace, while Ivan Tsarevich sleeps peacefully.
The entire surface of the box is filled with wonderful details.
The artist uses here a traditional Palekh palette : soft whites, yellows and oranges are combined with cold greens. Gold paint is used to fill the scene with various details. The use of gold helps to enhance the already bold palette and bring a rich ambiance to the scene.
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. The box has a hinge located above the composition and rests on four feet. The artist has signed the box with her name and village of Palekh.

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