This interesting box shows one of the key episodes from the popular Russian fairy-tale "By the Pike's Will" or "Emelya and the Magic Pike".
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|Artist||The Vlasovs- Eugene and Svetlana|
In short, this tale is about a young man who finds a special fish when he goes to get water from the river. 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. 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 scenes depicted on the box shows one of the key episode from this tale: Emelya sits on the stove that goes by itself straight to the Tsar's palace where he will meet the Tsar's daughter, his future wife.
The box was painted by a talented family tandem-Evgeniy and Svetlana Vlasovs, prominent artists in Kholui.
Egg-tempera paint is the main medium used to paint this composition. The palette is based in blues and whites that make complementary combinations throughout the scene.
The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. Golden ornament frames the composition, while ornamentation wraps around the sides of the box with an expansive format and silver accents.
The box has a hinge from the left of the composition and rests on four small round legs. Upon completing the work on this piece the artists writes the title, Kholui, and signs their names at the bottom of the composition.One more time the box is sign in the inside surface of the lid.
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