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Queen of Shemakha - Tale of the Golden Cockerel (Шамаханская Царица - Сказка о золотом петушке). By V. Stepanov, Kholui, 1988. Remarkable details including the painting of six figures and nine faces on this miniature. Classic Kholui styling and execution. Materials used are egg tempera paints, papier-mache and lacquer. Unusual dark burgundy color. Paper label in Russian with details. Red USSR paper label on the bottom and "Made in USSR" written in gold on the bottom. The box is in about fine condition and has a small flaw that's on the bottom of the box. 2¼"x1 ⅞"x1 ⅛.

"Tale of the Golden Cockerel". Alexander Pushkin wrote this tale (Сказка о золотом петушке) in 1834. It was to be his last fairy tale in verse. while it has a reputation for being an old Russian fairy tale, in actuality it is based on the short story "Legend of the Arabian Astrologer" from the "Tales of the Alhambra" by Washington Irving.

The story starts in the realm of Tsar Dadon, who once was a fierce warrior. But he eventually grew to desire the quiet life. Unfortunately this was not possible, as marauders continually raided his commonwealth. The Tsar believed within his heart that the country was in danger from the Queen of Shemakha (Ottoman Empire). Imploring an astrologer to help him defend his kingdom, the clever magician placed a golden cockerel atop a weathercock which crowed whenever an enemy approached. The rooster proved to be a splendid defender but the foolish Tsar decided he should strike at Shemakha first. He sent his two inept sons to battle but they only ended up getting killed. The Tsar then decided to lead his army into battle, but upon meeting the beautiful and seductive Queen in her silken tent, became infatuated with her and fell in love. The Queen quickly engineered a marriage proposal from him, but at the wedding, the magician suddenly demanded the Queen's hand in marriage. The tale ends with the death of both the astrologer and the Tsar and the reader is left to ponder the moral of heartless royal ingratitude.

 

SKU: F159
RRP: $150.00
$99.00 (You save $51.00)

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