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Title: Geese and Swans
Artist: Gelisheva Ludmila
Size: 10x8x7.5
Size (inches): 4x3.25x3
Price: $365

This small five-sided casket was painted by a talented Ludmila Gelisheva from the village of Palekh.
It depicts the scenes from the Russian fairy-tale "Geese and Swans".
Here is the sinopsis of the tale:
Once there was a couple who had both a daughter and a son. They left their daughter Aleonushka in charge of her younger brother Ivanushka, but one day she lost track of him and the magic swan geese snatched him away. The daughter chased after him and came upon an oven that offered to tell her if she ate its rye buns; she scorned them, saying she doesn't even eat wheat buns. She also scorned similar offers from an apple tree, and a river of milk. She came across a little hut built on a hen's foot, in which she found Baba Yaga with her brother; Baba Yaga sent her to spin flax and left. A mouse scurried out and said it would tell her what she needed to know if she gave it porridge; she did, and it told her that Baba Yaga was heating the bath house to steam her, then she would cook her. The mouse took over her spinning, and the girl took her brother and fled.
Baba Yaga sent the swan geese after her. She begged the river for aid, and it insisted she drink some of it first; she did, and it sheltered her. When she ran on, the swan geese followed again, and the same happened with the apple tree and the oven. Then she reached home safely.
The lid shows the moment of the fairy-tale when the wicked birds Geese and Swans kidnapped the little boy by the order of Baba-Yaga. Alyonushka, sets out in search of her brother. She finds him in Baba-Yaga's house and the children successfully escape from there. The wicked birds Geese and Swans start to pursuit them...
Green tones are dominated here. Each element of the composition is detailed using gold or aluminum paint. The use of gold and aluminum is done with great skill and attention to detail!
Intricate gold ornamentations decorate the edges of the lid . The sides of the box are adorned with beautiful gold floral ornamentation as well.
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 and the box rests on two platforms. The box is signed with the name of the artist, Palekh and 2016.

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