The box is constructed from paper-mache. The colors come in a vivid splash of delicious animation. Vibrant oranges, creamy blues, bright reds, greens and browns compose the clothing of the characters and the remaining imagery of the landscape. The painting on a lid is framed with a gold ornament. The sides of the box are decorated with complex gold patterns with an add of green color.
Box size : 10 X 6 X 1 3/4 inches. Condition : very good condition, no scratches, no chips, no cracks, no repairs, from a local estate.
There are four traditional centers of miniature lacquered box painting in Russia, which today have become the most famous. They are Fedoskino, Palekh, Mstera and Kholui. They make up a tightly knit family, influencing each other and enriching each other, with each one having its own individual character. Kholui and Mstera holds a special place in this group, due to its more ancient and maybe more colorful traditions.The Byzantine technique of painting with flux and Byzantine icon painting was preserved in Kholui and Mstera for many centuries, right up until the start of the 20th century. This colorful and splendid box features scenes from the popular fairy-tale "The Hump Backed Little Pony". In the beginning of the story Ivan caught the magic mare that trampled down wheat on his father's field.
Later two of these foals turned into the steeds with golden manes depicted here, and the third one turned into the Humpbacked Little Pony. The left upper part of the composition features the Tsar Maiden's mother, the Moon, inside her celestial palace, while the right upper part of the composition depicts Ivan's traveling to the Sun's (Tsar Maiden's father) palace. This unusual travel has been caused by the request of the Tsar-Maiden.
She has asked Ivan to convey her greetings to her mother (the Moon) and her brother (the Sun), and to ask why they have been hiding from her for three days. The front of the composition depicts the tent with dinner and a jar of wine inside that Ivan has erected to lure and capture the Tsar-Maiden who is sitting nearby.
Above the tent we can see Ivan and his friend, the Humpbacked Little Pony. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Russian".The seller is "kdesignstudio" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.