Alexander Nevsky Battle on the Ice Kholui Lacquer Box Alexander Nevsky (Александр Невский) (1221-1263) was Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev and Grand Prince of Vladimir (1252–63) during difficult times. The painting depicts the Battle on the Ice fought against the Teutonic Knights in 1242. Alexander was later canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church.
The box is quite intricate by Kholui miniature standards. The painting is on a silver background and there are 11 faces and 5 horses in addition to knights in armor. The box is signed, titled and credited as made in Kholui. Kholui Firebird mark and "Made in Russia" written in gold on the bottom. Papier-mache, egg tempera, lacquer, gold paint. 2⅜" x 1⅞"x 1". 1 only.