Talented Palekh artist Galina Zykova has painted this detailed composition.
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The box shows an episode from the fairy-tale "Vasilisa the Beautiful".
One merchant has only one daughter, and when her mother was dying 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, one of the Riders and Baba Yaga's in front of her Hut. The girl holds the doll that helps her to fulfill very difficult tasks given by Baba-Yaga.
So, on this composition we can see Vasilisa near Baba Yaga's Hut on Chicken legs and the three riders.
The scene is painted in green and blue tempra paints, the trees, figures of people are headlined with gold and aluminum paints.
Black lacquer cover the box's exterior and red lacquer covered the interior.
The painting is framed with an ornament painted in gold paints, and the box's sides are decorated with more rich ornamentatio with additional silver paint.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. The lid is hinged to the top of the scene, and the box rests flat. The work is signed with the artist's name, date 2010, title- Vasilisa and the village of Palekh.
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