Vintage Signed Kholui Firebird Russian Lacquer Box USSR
Up for sale is this stunning Firebird Russian Lacquer Box from the village of Khouli! The details in this Firebird Box are truly amazing! The photos really don't do it justice! This Russian Lacquer Box measures approximately 6 1-2" x 2 3-4" x 1-1/4" tall and is in very good condition with some minor signs of wear. This box was purchased in the USSR for $325. It features The Firebird, which is a mythical creature in Russian folklore. It is a magical glowing bird from a faraway land, which is both a blessing and bringer of doom to its captor. The Firebird is invariably described as a large bird in majestic plumage that brightly glows in red, orange and yellow light, like a bonfire that is just past the turbulent flame. The feathers do not cease glowing if removed, and one feather can light a large room if not concealed. In later iconography, the form of Firebird is usually as of a smallish peacock of fire colors, complete with a crest on its head and tail feathers with glowing "eyes". A typical role of the Firebird in fairy tales is an object of difficult quest. The quest is usually initiated by finding a lost tail feather of the Firebird, upon which the hero sets out to find and capture the live bird, sometimes on his own accord, but usually on the bidding of a father or king. The Firebird is a marvel, highly coveted, but the hero, initially charmed by the wonder of the feather, eventually blames it for his troubles. At the bottom of this scene it is signed in Russian, unfortunately we cannot translate the artist's name, just the village of Kholui.
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