Merchant's Wife with a Mirror (Купчиха с зеркалом). Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927). Originally painted with oils on canvas in 1920 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 cluster of roses and a colorful bird in flight on the reverse side. The artist, from Sergiev Posad, signed the piece and dated it 1991. Enhanced with a metal finial on top. Comes with stand. 5½" in height with stand. Note: this is an actual miniature painting and not a decal. 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.