Silver Hoof (Серебряное копытце). Hinged papier-mache, egg tempera paints, metallic powders, gold leaf, lacquer. Signed by Fedoskino artist I. Korneev and painted in the 1990's. With paper insert in English indicating that it was part of the Lucy Maxym Collection and photocopied certificate from the Fedoskino factory. Dual language "Troika" mark inside lid. 4"x2"x1¼". In practically new condition.
Silver Hoof (Серебряное копытце) is a short story in the form of a fairy tale written by Pavel Bazhov (1879-1950), based on the folklore of the Ural Mountains region of Siberia. It was first published in 1938, and later included in The Malachite Casket story collection.
An old gold prospector, Kokovany, who has no family, takes in a very young orphan girl who goes by Daryonka (Russian for "gift"). When winter arrives, Daryonka hears a loud noise on the roof, steps outside and sees the special goat with antlers named Silver Hoof, whose right forefoot, when stamped, emits gems.