By the command of the pike (По щучьему велению). A much-beloved folk tale about lazy but lucky Emelya who spares the life of the fish after catching it out of the fishing hole with his bare hands. "At the pike's command" grants Emelya the power to bring buckets and an ax to life, to survive being thrown into the sea inside a barrel with the princess and to become the royal son-in-law. But most of all, as an indulgence to his laziness and his desire to sleep all day atop the stove, he controls it as if it were a combination couch and sleigh.
This carving depicts Emelya sitting on his stove while playing an accordion. "По щучьему велению" is written on it and the top is covered with a piece of brown satin. The piece is fully carved and painted and signed via a stamp on the bottom. Solid wood, the composition weighs one pound. 4½" x 7" x 3". 1 only.