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*Ruslan and the Head* Lacquer Kholui Box. Artist Denisov N. N.

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*Ruslan and the Head* Lacquer Kholui Box. Artist Denisov N. N.

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This lacquered box would add alluring to any collection, especially one based in fairy-tale. It was created in Kholui style by the talented Russian craftsman Denisov N.N.

Papier-mache and lacquer; hand painted
Width: 80 mm (3 in)
Length: 120 mm (5 in)
Weight: 250 grams

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This lacquered box would add alluring to any collection, especially one based in fairy-tale. It was created in Kholui style by the talented Russian craftsman Denisov N.N. Colorful picture and luxurious decoration creat the romantic view of this box.
The fairy tale, depicted on this beautiful lacquer box, tells us about true love between Ruslan and Ludmila. During the wedding day princess Ludmila was kidnapped and Ruslan was making the most progress in the quest to find his darling. On his way he met an old wizard who said that the wicked sorcerer Chernomor was the one who stole Ruslan's bride. You may see there a scene, when Ruslan met a huge head on a battlefield...

Kholui, known throughout the world as a centre of papier-mache lacquer miniatures and famous in Russia in the past for its skillful icon painters, is thought to be one of the oldest settlements in the Vladimir-Suzdal Principality. It is situated on the banks of the small but deep and fancifully meandering Tesa River, to which it owes its name. "Kholui" or "kholuiniki," the vernacular for wattle fences, according to Vladimir Dahl's Dictionary of the Russian Language, were used there for fishing.

Kholui became a volost centre of the Viazniki uyezd of the Vladimir gubernia and an original centre of traditional folk culture.

Expanding icon production to meet the demand constantly prompted the owners of icon painting workshops to employ more painters, as manual labour was not productive enough. They also introduced the division of labour. Lacquer miniatures on papier-mache emerged as a new trend in Russian decorative and applied art, winning recognition throughout the world. Kholui started to evolve its own style much later, when some of its painters returned home after long and fruitless quests and wandering across Russia. Inspired by the accomplishments of Palekh and Mstyora craftsmen, Kholui painters formed an association in 1934 to try their hand in the new media.