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Item #0000101608

Trust (2009)

from Palekh by Roman Chibisov
2.50" x 1.75" x 1.25"(6.35 x 4.45 x 3.18 cm)

Gallery Price: $ 575.00
Internet Price: $ 385.00
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This exquisite miniature presents the allegorical figure of "Trust", dressed in a diaphanous outfit and looking directly at the viewer. A strand of hair hangs down over her nose to the bottom of her chin. A distant silver star can be seen behind her. The word "Trust" is written on the lid in front, and on the sides of the base is a very creative gold ornamentation which incorporates flowers and leaves. The exact meaning and symbolism of the drawing is open for interpretation, but I might suggest that the young woman's light outfit carries a certain vulnerability with it, a quality that must be linked with trust. Most shocking, though, is what happens when "Trust" is broken, and this is fabulously exhibited on the bottom of the box (not shown, sorry!) with an array of brightly radiant triangles, like fragments from a broken mirror. The box is made out of papier mache and has a hinge at the top. It is signed on the bottom of the drawing with the name of the artist, village and year. A super miniature from one of Palekh's most creative artists, Roman Chibisov!

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