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Title: Emelya and the magic Pike
Artist: The Terentievs, Olga and Sergey
Size: 32.5x27x12.5
Size (inches): 12.75x10.5x5
Price : $1650 SOLD!


A family couple, the Terentievs Olga and Sergey from the village of Palekh is responsible for the composition of this large box. It shows the key episodes from the popular Russian fairy-tale "By the Pike's Will" or "Emelya and the Magic Pike".
In short, this tale is about a young man who finds a special fish when he goes to get water from the iced river. (This moment is shown in the left upper corner). In return for releasing her, the Magic Pike offers to fulfill Emelia's wishes. Being a lazy fellow, Emelya light-heartedly uses magic forces, asking the pike to help him to perform his chores while he relaxes. He orders his water-pails to go home by itself, which they do, much to the surprise of his sisters-in-law. Then he orders the sledge to go by itself to the nearest forest where his ax falls wood for the fire. Afterwards he gets to the tsar's palace, riding a stove.( It can be seen in the middle of the composition). In the palace he meets the tsar's daughter and falls in love with her. The tale ends happily and finally Emelya marries the tsar's daughter.
The composition is framed on the lid's edge of the with a nice ornament painted in silver and gold.
The box's sides are richly decorated with intricate gold and aluminum floral ornamentation. Gold and aluminum paints are also used to detail the scenes.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. The exterior of the box is painted with black lacquer while the interior is completed with red lacquer. The lid is hinged, and the box rests on four legs. The work is signed with the artists names and Palekh.

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