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Old Town Kizhi

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Price: $1,100.00

Sale Price: $550.00

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Item Number: lb1121

Russian lacquer box "Town of Kizhi" was hand painted by gifted artist Belyaeva in Kholui village. Here we see the island of Kizhi, which is situated on Lake Onega in the northern part of Russia. The island is a living museum, home to one of the most famous Russian cathedrals, the Transfiguration Cathedral. The cathedral, which is the centerpiece of this composition, was built in 1714 and does not have one nail in its entire structure. Legend has it that it was built by a master carpenter, and the only tool he used in building the structure was an ax. After completing the structure he proclaimed that he would never be able to build a more perfect structure, and in the shadow of his splendid masterpiece, tossed the ax into the lake. Gold paint is used to highlight leaves of the trees,golden cupola of the cathedral and the trees in the background. It creates the beautiful decorative effect and points out that the action takes place in early fall. The structure of the church is painted very precisely, each plank and angle defined and shaded. The box is made out of papier-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior and red lacquer is used to paint the interior of the box. The composition is framed by a ribbon of gold paint. The lid is hinged at the top of the box and rests on a small platform with four rounded button shaped legs. The work is signed with the name of the artist, village, the title "Kizhi" It was mad in early 1990's and that would make it even more collectible..