Konyok Gorbunok (Конёк горбунок). Also known as The Little Humpbacked Horse, the art comes from the rhyming fairy by Pyotr Pavlovich Yershov (Пётр Павлович Ершов) (1815-1869). The allegorical story emphasizes trust and friendship. The magical horse accompanies the happy-go-lucky peasant boy Ivan the Fool, (Ivanushka Durachyok), throughout a series of adventures. Ivanushka outsmarts the dimwitted Tsar and marries a beautiful Tsarevna. In the original story, the little horse was originally 3" tall (in the style of Tom Thumb). The tale was a great favorite of Nicholas II, the Last Tsar of Russia (1868-1918), which he would read to his children before bedtime.
In excellent condition. Fully hand painted and finished with clear lacquer. On the bottom: 1996. Elena Begayeva. "Konyok-Gorbunok." (Елена Бегаева. "Конёк-Горбунок".) 10" down to ¾". 10 nest, 1 only, as shown.
This doll is a true feast for the eyes. The artist has painted with masterful skill the multitude of circus-like elements in the story-spectacle: fantastic creatures such as the Firebird, the sea people and the magic horses. It begins with Ivan guarding the family wheat field from destruction and catching the beautiful white mare, who, in return for her freedom, gives Ivan two mighty stallions and one modest humpbacked horse. Ivan's two brothers end up stealing the stallions, leaving Ivan in sole possession of the humpbacked horse. The rest of the story is very complex and the artist has painted with masterful skill the multitude of circus-like elements in the spectacle: fantastic creatures such as the Firebird, the sea people and the magic horses. A detailed synopsis of the tale is included with the doll.