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Title: Tale of Hump-backed Horse
Artist: Rodionova Marina
Size: 15x19x5
Size (inches): 6x7.5x2
Price : $495 SOLD!


This colorful and splendid box features several scenes from the popular fairy-tale "The Hump Backed Little Pony".
In the beginning of the story 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 depicted here, and the third one turned into the Humpbacked Little Pony. The left upper part of the composition features the Tsar Maiden's mother, the Moon, inside her celestial palace, while the right upper part of the composition depicts Ivan's traveling to the Sun's (Tsar Maiden's father) palace. This unusual travel has been caused by the request of the Tsar-Maiden. She has asked Ivan to convey her greetings to her mother (the Moon) and her brother (the Sun), and to ask why they have been hiding from her for three days. The front of the composition depicts the tent with dinner and a jar of wine inside that Ivan has erected to lure and capture the Tsar-Maiden who is sitting nearby. Above the tent we can see Ivan and his friend, the Humpbacked Little Pony.
The colors come in a vivid splash of delicious animation. Vibrant oranges, creamy blues, bright reds, greens and browns compose the clothing of the characters and the remaining imagery of the landscape.
The painting on a lid is framed with a gold ornament. The sides of the box are decorated with complex gold patterns with an add of green color.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. The box is hinged from the left of the scene, and rests on four legs. The work is signed with the artist's name, Kholui and title under the composition.

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