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Item #0000101791

Mistress of the Storm (2005)

from Palekh by Roman Chibisov
3.00" x 2.50" x 1.00"(7.62 x 6.35 x 2.54 cm)

Gallery Price: $ 645.00
Internet Price: $ 585.00
None currently available
Fascinating work by Palekh artist Roman Chibisov. An elaborately coiffed woman is surrounded by a group of animals and birds, most prominently three brown owls to the left, and a gray wolf at the bottom right. None of the creatures, nor the woman herself, seem to welcome us into their environment, but perhaps it is more of a warning than anything else. From the title of the piece, and the dark clouds and trees behind the owls, it appears a storm is brewing. This will be no place for man or beast. But this enchantress will keep the animals safe, this much we know. This woman is painted in very fine detail, including her hair, features and partially diaphanous dress. Chibisov painted a beautiful radiant gold ornament on the sides and bottom, made up of leaves and flowers. The box opens up to reveal more gold, this time shaped geometrically against a creamy white background. Very cool. The box is signed with the name of the artist, title, village and year. A truly unique piece.

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