Russian Lullaby. Mother steadfastly rocks her newborn who lays in a traditional village cradle, an element as essential as a table or a stove. For practical reasons, the cradle was hung in the rear of the hut, near to a small stove. The canopy had to be made from a beautiful fabric. The baby was the center of the household. The decorative elements that surround the larger image are indicative of this. We see the protective cat, the rabbit, barnyard animals, a snowman, a single valenok and other items. It is an old superstition that to rock an empty cradle is bad luck. And, of course, the cradle had to be hung, never on the floor. Finally, the best way to make a child fall asleep was the lullaby.
Kustar traditional painting on wood, circa 1991-1995. About fine condition. Approximately 7" x 11½". 1 only, as shown.