Haymaking Time (Пора Сенокоса). The process of harvesting feed for animal husbandry, generally in July, is critical, and should be done before or at the beginning of flowering, which guarantees a maximum nutrient content. Being late, even for a couple of weeks, deprives the nutritional value of the grass by 30-50 percent! Unusual cigarette case shape. Egg tempera, gold, lacquer, papier-mache. Approximately 3½" height, 2½" width, 1¼" depth. 1 only.
The box is the work of Zlata Leonidovna Maksimova (Злата Леонидовна Максимова). Zlata Leonidovna was born in 1968 in the Bulanash settlement, Artemovsky district, Sverdlovsk region (п. Буланаш Артемовского района Свердловской обл.). She studied at the Palekh Art School from 1984 to 1989 and worked in the Palekh Art workshops for a couple of years until they officially dissolved. She continued to work as a Palekh artist in the newly formed cooperatives after 1991 and participated in exhibitions thereafter. Her talent is extraordinary as indicated by the trust placed in her by the Palekh art production workshop managers to allow her to work on such a complex piece.
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