A large Russian lacquer Easter egg with scenes of the Anastasis and St. Tatiana, Palekh, circa 1900. The front and back of the two-piece egg finely painted according to the 16th and 17th century canons and with extensive chrysography, the miniatures reserved against a blue ground. One side painted with the Anastasis, known as the Harrowing of Hell in the English-speaking world, in which the Resurrected Christ, depicted as standing on Hell’s broken gates against a mandorla from which rays of heavenly light emanate, pulls Adam and Eve from their gilt tombs, with Old Testament kings and prophets shown at left and right. The opposite side centered with a standing figure of Saint Tatiana, finished with a large blue silk tassel. Egg alone: 3 3/4 in. h; measured from suspension loop to the ends of the tassel: 9 in. h. (egg).
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