Russia Continued…

I have recently become enamoured with Russian folk arts, many of which are still living traditions.  Alongside the Russian gift for story telling is a talent for illustration, often used to decorate handicrafts such as boxes, eggs and trays.  The firebird which appears in two of the images below is an important motif in Russian art and features in many fairy tales.  It is symbolic of light and it is said that when one feather from the tail of the firebird falls to the ground, a new artistic tradition is born, hence why it is such a popular motif amongst artists.

When looking at these Russian arts my mind turns automatically to the arts of Kashmir, North Indian and Persia, indicating centuries of cultural exchange via travellers, traders, emissaries and invasions.

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~ by bethiarose on April 20, 2010.

4 Responses to “Russia Continued…”

  1. Yes, the Russian cultural heritage which is reflected in artistic traditions has been always intwined with that of the Orient as the vastness of Russian Empire expanded over two continents – here on this page it is beautifully illustrated in these gems of Russian and Persian art. An other interesting feature of the Fire Bird’s legend is it’s probable close link with the deity of God Lightening (‘Piorun’) of the old Russian beliefs according to which Light and Fire are manifestations of the Divine.

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  3. lovely!

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