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Title: Master and Margaret
Artist: Turbeneva
Size (cm): 13.5x17x6
Size (inches): 5.25x6.75x2.25
Price : $825 SOLD!





Irina Turbeneova is the talented artist from Fedoskino created this splendid box. The composition present the scene from Mikhail Bulgakov novel "The Master and Margarita". "The Master and Margarita" is considered one of the best and most highly regarded novels to come out of Russia during the Soviet era. The book weaves together satire and realism, art and religion, history and contemporary social values. It features three story lines. The main story, taking place in Russia of the 1930s, concerns a visit by the devil, referred to as Professor Woland, and four of his assistants during Holy Week; they use black magic to play tricks on those who cross their paths. Another story line features the Master, who has been languishing in an insane asylum, and his love, Margarita, who seeks Woland's help in being reunited with the Master. A third story, which is presented as a novel written by the Master, depicts the crucifixion of Yeshua Ha-Notsri, or Jesus Christ, by Pontius Pilate. The scene is filled with mysticism of the novel. In the foreground we can see Professor Woland playing chess with one of his assistants, the Black Cat Behemoth (the name refers at the Russian word for Hippopotamus) while at the background the artist depicts the architecture of Moscow of the 1930s. To paint this scene the artist has used dark and light grey oils to concentrate the viewer's attention on the main idea of the novel! The box is constructed from paper-mache. The interior is traditionally covered with red lacquer while the exterior bottom of the box is covered with black lacquer. The lid is hinged from the left of the scene, and the box rests on legs. The work is signed with the artist's name and Fedoskino.