Ilya Muromets on his horse, Burushka-Kosmatushka (Илья Муромец на коне Бурушка-Косматушка). Painted jigsaw cutout with wood burnt outlines. Hand made in Russia. 12" x 4½". 1 only.
Ilya Muromets (Илья Муромец) is the most well-known of the bogatyrs (epic knights) from the Rus' folklore. He is often featured alongside fellow bogatyrs Dobrynya Nikitich and Alyosha Popovich, memorialized in the famous painting by Viktor Vasnetsov of the three warriors seated on horseback. Although a legendary person, he is associated with the venerable Ilya Pechersky, a monastic saint of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (Kyiv Monastery of the Caves).