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Item #0000100843

The Beggar (2004)

from Fedoskino by Miroshnichenko
2.25" x 2.50" x 0.63"(6.00 x 7.00 x 2.00 cm)

Gallery Price: $ 895.00
Internet Price: $ 795.00
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This distinctive work in mottled red, gold, and black plays host to a beggar and his dog. They stare out balefully, the beggar's upturned hat holding only a few coins. He carries a wooden staff, or crutch, perhaps he is lame. He leans against a tree and stretches out his hand in a silent plea. The dog lays beside him, looking sadly at passersby. The scene is skillfully painted in a smooth, realistic style. The somber earth tones add to the mood. The shape of the box is very unique. It is not entirely obvious, but one can make out that it is shaped like a bird! (See the beak, eyes, overall shape, and hint of feathers at the bottom?) It could be that by choosing this shape, the artist is alluding to the "free as a bird" nature of the beggar. The rear of the box features a panel painted to resemble green and brown tortoise shell, with a small, metal loop for easy opening. This box is made of high quality papier mache and is signed on the back with the artist's name and date of completion. There is a hinge at the top of the rear panel, and the interior is maroon lacquer. The base of this piece is flush. A great miniature work with a lot of character by Miroshnichenko.--BOX1348

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