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Mstera, or Mstyora (Мстёра) miniatures are different from those from Palekh or Kholui. Though, on first glance, they all seem the same. In general, Mstera painters choose a lighter background for their work, with black being all but absent from their palette. The village of Mstera is located in the center of the Vladimir-Suzdal province on two rivers. The landscape of the village is reflected in the fields and foilage of many Mstera boxes. 

Kholui, or Kholuy, miniature work (Холуйская миниатюра) was founded in the 1930s by a group of artists whose descendents were icon painters going back to the 1880s.  According to some experts, Kholui miniatures are less bounded by tradition than those from Palekh, Fedoskino and Mstera. Their subject material includes Russian fairy tales, such as the Snowmaiden or Ruslan and Ludmilla, architectural scenes of churches and monasteries and florals. Kholui is an ancient settlement in central Russia near Mstera and Palekh and it straddles the Teza river.

 

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    Kazan Mother of God Small Triptych

    Kazan Mother of God Small Triptych

    Triptych of the Kazan Mother of God. The Holy Virgin and Child are flanked on either side by Archangel Michael on the left and Archangel Gabriel on the right who bow reverently in prayer. Archangel Michael is Chief Commander of the Heavenly Hosts, a...

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    Virgin of the Don Palekh Icon Box

    Virgin of the Don Palekh Icon Box

    Virgin of The Don Palekh Icon Lacquer Box. Also known as Our Lady of the Don (Донская икона Божией Матери), this famous Russian icon is believed to have been painted in 1380 by Theophanes the Greek (1340-1410). It was a gift from the Don Cossacks to...

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    Alexander Nevsky Battle on the Ice Kholui Lacquer Box

    Alexander Nevsky Battle on the Ice Kholui Lacquer Box

    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...

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    Kremlin Tower Kholui Lacquer Box

    Kremlin Tower Kholui Lacquer Box

    Moscow (Москва). By Haryitinova, Kholui, 1977. Traditional needle case box. Classic Kholui egg tempera on papier-mache painting of the Senate Tower, which is one of the oldest towers of the Moscow Kremlin. It is located on the eastern wall between the...

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    Sleeping Princess Vintage Mstera Lacquer Box

    Sleeping Princess Vintage Mstera Miniature Box

    Sleeping Beauty (Спящая красавица). Mstera, late 1950's or early 1960's. Sleeping Beauty, a traditional European fairy tale which was Americanized via "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), was popularized by Alexander Pushkin as The Sleeping Princess and...

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  •  Taras Bulba Lacquer Box [Mstera]

    Taras Bulba Lacquer Box [Mstera]

    Taras Bulba (Тарас Бульба). Vintage  Lacquer Box from Mstera. Egg tempera, papier-mache, lacquer. Circa 1970 or possibly earlier. Artist's initials. 4¾" x 4" x 1¾". In very good condition. Box has some very minor signs of wear,...

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    Tsar Saltan Vintage Mstera Lacquer Box

    Tsar Saltan Vintage Mstera Lacquer Box

    Three Maidens by the Window (Три Девицы Под Окном). Mstera, no date (circa late 1960's or early 1970's). Initials of the artist. The materials for painting are egg tempera paints, lacquer, papier-mache and metallic paints. The free-hand gold border is...

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    Golden Cockerel (Turunov) Kholui

    Golden Cockerel (Turunov) Kholui

    The Tale of the Golden Cockerel (Сказка о золотом петушке). Alexander Pushkin's The Tale of the Golden Cockerel (1834) is based on a short story "The Legend of the Arabian Astrologer" by Washington Irving. The materials are egg tempera paints,...

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