Sunday, August 24, 2008

Scene On A Wooden Box

The scene on this old Russian lacquered box provokes speculation. A cursory glance never reveals the small details. There are ravens nesting in the trees, a church steeple, a wisp of smoke rising from a chimney, snow as far as the eye can see. It must have been painted before the imposition of the Soviet State, as they no longer tolerated churches in their midst. The paint has a pearlish quality not often seen today. One wonders who the artist was and if the box was painted of his village as a gift for a loved one.

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