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Sadko by Kornilova

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This box is a magnificent icon-style piece, with a presence which would complement any collection. The artist masterfully combines scenes from Novgorod, the high seas, and from Morskoi's underwater kingdom to tell the story. Kornilova uses swirling waves of blue and green to pull the scenes together into one fantastic composition.
The positioning and detailing of each character is beautifully executed with precision. Gold and aluminum paint is used to carefully ornament the regal garb, to accentuate the mermaids' scales, and to finely highlight the entire scene.
Sadko is a wonderful old Russian fairy tale based in ancient Russian Mythology. In the icon-style composition painted on this box, Sadko has descended into the undersea world of Tsar Morskoi, as a live sacrifice to save his stranded ship. Sadko falls to the bottom of the sea and finds himself in the palace of Tsar Morskoi. The King and Queen of the Sea have heard about Sadko's musical talents and ask him to play and to sing for them. They are overjoyed by his music, and decide to keep Sadko in their Sea Tsardom, to be their daughter's groom. But Sadko tells their daughter, Volkhova, that he can't marry her, as he is in love with his wife, Lubava. Volkhova understands that Sadko's devotion to his wife is too strong to be swayed, so she helps him to sneak away, back to Novgorod.
The famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin also wrote a famous rendition of this fairy tale.
The painting is continued on the sides of box. The scene is framed with a gold ornament. More complex flower ornamentation decorates the box's sides.
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. TThe box has a hinge above the composition and rests on a flat bottom. Kornilova has signed the bottom right corner of her composition. Approx. size 9"x6"x2.75".


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