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Title: Princess Swan
Artist: Suloeva Nina
Size: 19x15x4
Size (inches): 7.5x6x1.5
Price : $695 SOLD!


This very detailed work is painted by one of the talented Palekh artist,Suloeva Nina.
The box shows a moment from Pushkin's Tale of Tsar Saltan. Here is a description to this scene:
Prince Gvidon and his mother Queen were put into a barrel and thrown into the sea.
As the queen wept inside the barrel, her Gvidon grew stronger, not by the day, but by the minute. He begged the waves to wash them onto dry land. The waves obeyed and he and his mother found themselves washed ashore on a deserted island.
By now they were quite hungry, so the son made himself a bow and arrow, using small branches from a tree, and went hunting. Near the sea, he heard a screech and saw a poor swan struggling against a huge black hawk. Just as the hawk was about to bury its beak in the swan's neck, the youth shot an arrow, killing the hawk and spilling the bird's blood into the sea. The white swan swam up to the lad, thanked him and said, "you didn't kill a hawk at all, but a wicked wizard. For saving my life, I will serve you forever".
The son returned to his mother and told her of his adventure, and then they both fell soundly asleep, even though they were still hungry and thirsty. The next morning they awoke and saw a wondrous city standing before them where there had been nothing before! The two marveled at the golden domes of the monasteries and churches behind the city's white walls. "My, look at all the swan has done!" the lad thought. The two walked into the city and throngs of people greeted them and crowned the young man a prince, proclaiming him Prince Gvidon .
On the background of the composition we can see a very nice palace.
The composition is painted in a palette filled with soft red, brown and yellow colors.
Intricate gold foliage ornamentation decorate the edges of the lid. Very complex and colorful flower ornament wraps around the box's sides.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the work while red lacquer completes the interior of the box. The lid is hinged from the top of the composition. The box rests flat. The work is signed with artist's name, 2016 and Palekh.

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