A Russian Old Believers lacquer Easter egg with scenes of the Anastasis and the Evangelist Peter, Palekh, circa 1900. The front and back of the two-piece egg finely painted according the 16th and 17th century canon and with extensive chrysography. The front 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 tombs, with Old Testament kings and prophets shown at left and right. The opposite side centered with a standing figure of the Evangelist Peter holding a scroll and a key. The interior of the egg lacquered gold and inscribed in Russian in black letters: From the Moscow Old Believers Priesthood (Ot Moskovskikh Staroobryadtsev priemlyushchikh Svyashchentstvo). The top of the front portion of the egg drilled with a small hole for suspending the egg. Height 3 ¾ in. (9.5 cm).
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