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Title: Tale of Vasilisa the Beautiful
Artist: Bykova Ekaterina
Size: 21.5x17x4.5
Size (inches): 8.5x6.75x1.75
Price : $795 SOLD!


Well-known Palekh artist Bykova Katherina has painted this large and detailed box.
The box shows a complex composition based on the fairy-tale "Vasilisa the Beautiful". The box features Vasilisa in the center of the scene.
One merchant has only one daughter, and when her was duing she asked dauther to come to her and give her a doll. She said when you will be in trouble, just feed the doll and it'll help. Suddenly she died and later on merchant has married another woman with two daughter. The girl's cruel stepmother sending her to the forest to ask Baba-Yaga to give her work. It is the stepmother's pretext, in fact she wants Baba-Yaga to kill the girl. In the forest Vasilisa meets Baba-Yaga and three riders: the Red Sun Rider, the Dark Night Rider, and the Bright Day Rider. But, finally, this tale has a happy end. The handsome Prince offers the girl his hand and heart and invited her in his marvelous palace.
On this composition we can see Vasilisa, three Riders in the sky, and Vasilisa with her Mom (left corner) and Baba Yaga's in front of her Hut (right corner). The girl holds the doll that helps her to fulfill very difficult tasks given by Baba-Yaga.
The scene is painted in green, red and blue tempra paints, the trees, figures of people are headlined with gold paint.
Black lacquer cover the box's exterior and red lacquer covered the interior. The artist continue the painting from the lid to the sides , where it is comes in rich gold ornamentation.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. The lid is hinged to the top of the scene, and the box rests on wavy platform with eight legs. The work is signed with the artist's name and the village of Palekh under the composition in gold paint.But it is hard to find without magnifying glass.

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