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Russian Lacquer Box Miniature Painting

Palekh Boxes at Maison Russe

Russian lacquer miniature painting is represented by four schools named after the old Russian villages north of Moscow founded several centuries ago. Fedoskino (Федоскино) is the oldest and traces its roots to the late 18th century. It is the only village that works with oils. Palekh (Палех) is an old village where artists use egg tempera paints. Palekh is nearly 400 kilometers (250 miles) north-east of Moscow. Kholui (Холуй), or Holui and Mstera (Мстера), or Mstiora, Mystera also use egg tempera. Some  reference books on lacquer (together with other arts and crafts books) can be found here.

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