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Title: Fire-Bird
Artist: Kritov Feodor
Size: 13x9x2.5
Size (inches): 4.75x3.75x1
Price: $195 $165

This traditional Palekh box was painted by artist Feodor Kritov.
It shows a scene from the popular Russian folk tale "Ivan Tsarevich and the Grey Wolf". The tale tells about the adventures of the Prince Ivan Tsarevich and his companion the Grey Wolf, a magician. The Wolf ate the horse of Ivan Tsarevich and to redress a wrong, he helped Ivan in several quests: to get a Firebird, to get a horse with a golden mane, and to get a beautiful Princess.
Intricate painting technique and rich imagination help the artist to reproduce vividly the fantastic world of a Russian fairy-tale. Beautifully combined tempera paints and gold detailing fill this world with bright colors and magic luster!
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box while red lacquer completes the interior of the work.
The composition is framed with a gold ornamental work while the sides are decorated with intricate scroll work painted in gold and silver. The lid is hinged from the top of the composition, and the box rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed with the artist's name and Palekh.

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