This religious composition was painted by the famous Palekh artist and teacher Arapov Andrey Vasilievich(born in 1956), who has studied in Palekh Art School(1971-1979). Arapov is a teacher Palekh Art School since 1998. Member of the Union of the Artists since 1995 and participant of exhibitions since 1981.The arist is very well-known among the collectors all over the world!
This composition is based on Alexander Pushkin's poem Prophet(1825).
The poem is short, so here is the traslation:
Parched with the spirit's thirst, I crossed
An endless desert sunk in gloom,
And a six-winged seraph came
Where the tracks met and I stood lost.
Fingers light as dream he laid
Upon my lids; I opened wide
My eagle eyes, and gazed around.
He laid his fingers on my ears
And they were filled with roaring sound:
I heard the music of the spheres,
The flight of angels through the skies,
The beasts that crept beneath the sea,
The heady uprush of the vine;
And, like a lover kissing me,
He rooted out this tongue of mine
Fluent in lies and vanity;
He tore my fainting lips apart
And, with his right hand steeped in blood,
He armed me with a serpent's dart;
With his bright sword he split my breast;
My heart leapt to him with a bound;
A glowing livid coal he pressed
Into the hollow of the wound.
There in the desert I lay dead,
And God called out to me and said:
'Rise, prophet, rise, and hear, and see,
And let my works be seen and heard
By all who turn aside from me,
And burn them with my fiery word.'
The painting is very much detailed and in some parts is simply amazing...
A gold ornament decorates the edges of the lid together with the words of this poem and as well as the sides of the box are adorned with beautiful gold floral ornamentation.
The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The lid is hinged from the left of the painting and the box rests on four legs. It is signed with the name of the artist, the village of Palekh, title and a year of 2016.