Russian "Ovo" Art (Элегантная Живопись на Яйцо). A miniature painting on a wooden egg titled "The Merchant's Wife at Tea - 1923", which, in turn, is an original Art Nouveau painting by Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927), which can be found in the collection of the State Art Museum in Nizhny Novgorod. Ovo comes from the Old Portuguese word for egg and also the Latin word ōvum. Decorated with a lovely cat on the reverse side. The lacquering is silky smooth and polished to a crystal clear gloss. 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. 5½" in height with stand. An interesting and possibly one-of-a-kind Russian Easter egg painted almost 30 years ago. 1 only, as pictured.
In the Russian culture, the egg often plays a key role, for example, the "Krestrazh, or Horcrux" of Kashchei the Immortal, in which the needle in the egg. In the “Chicken Ryaba”, the golden egg brought many problems to the respectable 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 a sharp end or with the blunt side. At the court of one of the fanatical emperors, the "blunt-tips" were subjected to persecutions.