Merchant's Wife at Tea (Купчиха за чаем). Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927). Originally painted with oils on canvas in 1918 and now in The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg. This Russian "Ovo" Art (Элегантная Живопись на Яйцо) is a miniature painting on a wooden egg which is lacquered to a polished silky smooth finish. The word "ovo" comes from the Old Portuguese word for egg and also the Latin word ōvum. Decorated with a painted red ribbon and pussy willow fronds on the reverse side. Enhanced with a metal finial on top which matches the metal egg stand. The artist signed the piece and dated it 1991. It was painted in Sergiev Posad. Additionally, the "Russian Bylina" trademark is also painted on back. 5½" in height with stand. Note: this is an actual miniature painting and not a decal. Also, the piece is in perfect condition - photos show reflections and hot spots". 1 only, as pictured.
The egg often plays a key role in Russian culture. For example, the "Krestrazh, or Horcrux" of Koschei the Deathless from the fairy tale, Marya Morevna. (Кощей Бессмертный [Марья Моревна]. The power of the Immortal is a needle that resides in an egg. In the folk tale “Chicken Ryaba”, the golden egg brought many problems to the honorable family, and in the “Gulliver's Journey” by Jonathan Swift, a real war broke out because of eggs: two powerful powers argued about how to break a boiled egg - from the sharp end or with the blunt side. At the court of one of the fanatical emperors, the "blunt-tips" were subjected to persecutions.