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Vintage 1940-1950's Russian Folk Art Clay Figure



Vintage Russian Arkhangelsk Folk Art Clay Figure

Vintage Russian Arkhangelsk Folk Art Clay Figure







Vintage Russian Arkhangelsk Folk Art Clay Figure

Vintage Russian Arkhangelsk Folk Art Clay Figure







Vintage 1940-1950's Russian Folk Art Clay Figure
This Russian Folk Art hand-painted clay figure was made in the 1940's to 1950's as part of a cultural crafts revival in the former Soviet Union. These figures are made in exactly the same way they have been for hundreds of years in small villages across Russia as a cottage industry. These whimsical and colorful pieces portray various characters from well-known Russian folklore and fairy tales. This unusual figure is a long-necked horned creature being milked by a small human figure sitting at it's side on a stool. It has a whistle for a tail which has a wonderful sound when blown. These figures were made as childrens toys and so the whistle gives it added interest. This is one of the oldest forms of this kind of folk art. This piece is from Western Russia. Measurement is 6 3/4 inches tall. Condition is good considering the age and delicate nature of the materials. There is some minor paint wear on the side of the creature opposite the seated figure, along the neck and back where the figure was handled. There are also several small hairline surface cracks where the clay contracted slightly but do not effect the integrity of the structure or the aesthetic quality of the piece. In our opinion, the fact that these figures show natural wear indicates that these pieces were collected from the small villages in Russia and were actual toys made for personal use rather than pieces made for export, which as folk art pieces, gives them added value and authenticity. The colors are still vibrant.

Item #: fa09

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