Boyar Couple (Боярская пара) Easter Eggs. Very unique and elaborately detailed. The boyars of medieval Russia were members of the old aristocracy and wore the richest and most decorative clothing. Even the Tsar's everyday dress didn't all that much from that of his noblemen. The coats were decorated in sable and fox fur. The man holds a gold staff and grips gold beads. She carries a round loaf of bread in which is embedded a small glass cellar of salt. Bread and salt is a traditional welcome greeting at the arrival of important guests. The birch wood eggs are finely enhanced with water color painting, woodburning and decorative "potal" (Поталь), which is a form of gold foil decoration (the foil is called Potal) which imitates gilding.
Signed by the artist "Smirnova" on the base of the male boyar. In fine condition. Circa mid 1990's, made in Sergiev Posad, Russia. 4" in height. 1 pair only.