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Title: Snow Queen
Artist: Kritova Galina
Size: 9.5x6.5x2
Size (inches): 3.75x2.5x0.75
Price: $165 $135

This attractive box featuring a scene from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen" was painted by Kritova Galina from the village of Palekh.
In this fairy tale the evil dwarf has broke a magic mirror above the world that let out all of the ugliness, and those who were affected by it became wicked and noticed in everything only its bad sides. Poor Kay got a piece of this mirror stuck in his eye. Since then he fell under influence of Snow Queen.
The box shows Kay and Snow Queen in the three horse sleigh rushing through the snow storm to the Snow Queen's palace.
Various shades of blue are used to paint the Snow Queen and her horses. The artist uses aluminum and gold paints to fill in and outline details with a delicate touch.
The composition is framed with elegant gold pattern. The similar pattern accented with aluminum paints can be found wrapping around the box's sides. The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The lid is hinged at the top, and the box rests flat. Signed with the artist's name and Palekh.

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