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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

"mice burying the cat"

This folk print is an example of the Russian art form lubok, simple woodcuts or engraving showing popular sayings or happenings among the people. According to WikiCommons, this is either a parody of Peter the Great's funeral procession, or just an example of a traditional "upside-down day," in which folk of all stations trade places for a day.

Whatever its purpose (anybody read Russian out there?) -- I find it bright, bold, and likable. Look for the mouse blowing a horn, and that one in front of him? That's a bagpipe he's tooting, I think. And I'm partial to the little guy reefing on the reins coming from the cat's muzzle.

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