Citadel of Rostov as seen from Lake Nero. Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia. It is one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring, located about 125 miles northeast of Moscow. It is also known as Rostov Veliky (Ростов Великий). 3⅛"x2¼". Painted in the Yaroslavl region about 1980. 2 available.
Painting on enamel appeared in Rostov Veliky (125 miles northwest of Moscow) in the 18th century. The Veliky (i.e., The Great) appended to the town is to distinguish it from Rostov-on-the-Don, which is about 500 miles south of Moscow ,and to indicate that it's the older of the two towns. First mentioned in 862 in the Primary Chronicle, and two centuries later joined by Rurik to his Kingdom, it became the seat of the Church.
Since 1917, local artisans began creating miniatures on enamel with colorful floral patterns and put into filigree settings and frames. Finift painting has many layers and each layer is fired. Finift comes from the Greek “fingitis,” which means, “gleaming.”