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Title: Tale of a Hump-backed Horse
Artist: Konovalova Valentina
Size: 10x7x8
Size (inches): 4x2.75x3
Price: $495 $450

Konovalova Valentina is the artist who has painted this five-sided Palekh box that features several scenes from a tale of a Hump-backed Horse.
In the beginning of the story, when one of three sons- Ivan caught the magic mare that trampled down wheat on his father's field. This mare promised Ivan to present three foals in exchange for freedom. Later two of these foals turned into the steeds with golden manes while the third one turned into the Humpbacked Little Pony. The old greedy Tsar obliged Ivan to fulfill different tasks, and the Humpbacked Little Pony always helped him. And in the end of a story instead of the tsar Ivan dipped himself in three cauldrons of boiling water, boiling milk and ice cold water, and transformed into a very handsome young man and the Tsar only boiled in the first one...
Subdued tones of tempera paints predominate here. Gold and aluminum paint is applied within the composition to add brightness and detail. The application of metallic paint is very subtle yet yields great results. The edges of the lid are decorated with simple patterns composed of gold beads. The box's sides are adorned with an elegant leafy pattern completed with silver flowers.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. The box has a hinge from the top of the scene, and rests on two platforms. The work is signed with the artist's name and the village of Palekh.

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