"Grand Prince Alexander Nevskiy", 15"H, nu58, Russian Unique Wooden Nutcracker
This wooden nutcracker is unique creation of two artists: the carver and the painter/decorator.
it is carved out of linden wood log (Amur species, Siberia) and painted with tempera, and gouache. It is decorated with burning on wood technique, used only (because of time consuming arduous process) by only few but very good artists. The technique involves drawing the subject matter - the gown, the headdress, the pants, and the boots - on wood with the pencil. The artist then burns every single dot of drawing and then paints. All the work is done through magnifying glass, is very time consuming and scrupulous to do. The artist follows every time the descriptions of historic figures' clothes in order to make the character she is portraying as real as possible.
This work is called after Grand Prince Alexander Nevskiy (1221-1263), commonly regarded as a key military figure of medieval Rus who rose to legendary status over his military victories over German and Swedish invaders.
Workshop "Tabo", Sergiyev Posad, Russia. 15"H, with drum - 18-19"H. This is one of a 2019 series unique nutcrackers (all of them are historic personalities - Emperors, Czars, Dukes, Political Statesmen and Dignitaries, Military Commanders) designed and created by Russian artists and Alkota.