A Russian lacquer Easter egg with scenes of the Anastasis and the Guardian Angel, Palekh, circa 1900. The front and back of the two-piece egg finely painted according to the 16th and 17th century canon and with extensive chrysography, the miniatures reserved against a red ground. 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 gilt tombs, with Old Testament kings and prophets shown at left and right. The opposite side centered with a standing figure of the Guardian Angel holding a cross and sword, with an inscription identifying the figure above. The borders of each side of the egg decorated with a folkloric foliate pattern in gilt and black reminiscent of Khokhloma ware. The interior of the egg with a coppery gold surface and inscribed in Russian with the Paschal greeting: “Christ is Risen” (Khristos voskrese). Condition: with small areas of loss (Christ’s robes, above the Prophets at upper right, the Guardian Angel’s robes) and with some inpainting (area to the left and right of the Guardian Angel’s head and shoulders, to the red ground left of the angel, and in the border decoration). Height 4 ¾ in. (12.3 cm).
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