Hand painted wooden kovsh, or drinking vessel, of Russian origin, 20th century. This piece is USSR or Soviet period ( unmarked). This is a really large kovsh, like a fruit bowl size. Length nose to tail is 13 inches. Width is 7.5 inches. Depth of the bowl is 4 inches. Overall height of tail is 7.5 inches. Head and tail give it the look of a duck or other animal. This style of painting in Russia is considered a folk craft or cottage craft. This is carved wood, covered in lacquer paint. Background is black, and painting is copper-gold, red, and orange, all vibrant autumn colors. Decoration is folksy style flowers and leaves, covering the outside and the inside. Then lacquer is applied on top of the paint. This is a vintage piece so it has been used on the table. But there are no problems. No damages. Remember that this was a folk, or cottage craft, so there are quality issues such as thick or thin lacquer, or imperfection of paint, etc. These things are in the making, and in no way detract from the folk art charm of this piece. If you collect Russian ethnic items, this is a fun piece for the collection.
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Russian Painted Wood Huge Kovsh Soviet Era