This gorgeous hand painted Russian lacquer box is very very detailed depicting a summer village scene with an ancient bridge over the winding river. The box is inlaid with Mother of Pearl and the Mother of Pearl reflects the water from the flowing river. The Mother of Pearl is inlaid into the papier-ma che lid before painting and when the light reflects off of it, it creates a rainbow of color! (See the pictures below. Various pictures have been taken from different angles in an effort to avoid flash reflection and shadow and show the Mother of Pearl reflecting in the light.) Russian lacquer boxes are famous for the many layers of painting and the layers of lacquer between each layer of painting. These numerous layers give the 3D impression of depth. Some boxes have over 10 layers of lacquer between the layers of paint. This box is signed by the artist and the style of painting - FEDOSKINO - as well as the title LETO (or "Summer" in Russian) are written on the lid of the box as well as on the bottom of the box. This box measures almost 6 inches across by just over 4 inches wide by just over 1.5 inches deep.
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