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Title: Purse-shape Box (dual-sided)
Artist: Smirnova Natalie Nikolaevna
Size: 14.5x10x4
Size (inches): 5.75x4x1.5
Price : $499 SOLD!


This interesting dual-sided box was painted by well-known Palekh artist Smirnova Nataliya.
On the both of the sides of the box the artist has chosen to depict scenes from village life.
On one of them we can see a lad , who is trying to talk to a girl. A girl is bringing the water in the backets, using a shoulder yoke.
On the other side of the box we can see Summer activity- a lad and a girl are going to to the forest.They are having baskets for berries and mushrooms.
The artist makes typical for Palekh choices of colors: white, green, blue, and red. The artist has been also able to balance the composition by placing elements of nature, like trees and hills.
The detail is added with gold paint, which defines the movement in the trees, the contours, and the decoration on the characters' clothing.
The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the piece. Gold ornamentation frames the compositions on the lids. The box has a hinge at the bottom of the compositions and rests flat. It is signed with the artist's name, village and year of 2011 on both of the sides.

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