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Title: Vechyorka (Evening), Zorka (Dawn) and Polunochka (Night)
Artist: Kuznetsov Viktor
Size: 14.5x19.5x7
Size (inches): 5.75x7.75x2.75
Price: $865 $499

Viktor Kuznetsov is the author of this stunning piece of Mstera lacquered miniature. It depicts some key moments from the Russian fairy-tale "Vechyorka (Evening), Zorka (Dawn) and Polunochka (Night)".
In this tale the king had three beautiful daughters. The king was afraid that somebody could kidnap his girls and arranged underground chambers for them. Once the king permitted his daughters to come out of their underground chambers to stroll in the garden. Suddenly the whirlwind began, and carried all three sisters somewhere. The king promised rich presents to someone who managed to find the girls. Nobody could realize this difficult task except three brothers, Vechyorka, Zorka and Polunochka. They found the house of an old magician in the forest who showed them the gap in the ground. One of the brothers came down into the gape, and found the king's daughters underground. They were in captivity of three awful dragons that had kidnapped them. The brothers saved the girls and returned them to their father. The king was so happy that permitted Vechyorka, Zorka and Polunochka to marry his daughters.
Various shades of brown tempera paints predominate here. Gold paint is used to fill the scene with shining details. The edges of the lid are adorned with gold beads. Gold beads can be also found wrapping around the bottom part of the box's base. The box's sides are decorated with elegant gold leafy patterns. The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. A hinge has been fastened to the left of the scene, and the box rests on four legs. The work is signed with the artist's name, the village of Mstera, the year of 2010 and the title "Vechyorka, Zorka, and Polunochka".

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