Images of A. Pushkin fairytale characters in the museum Collection exposition

Every year on 6 June, Russia celebrates The Pushkin Day, also known as The Russian Language Day.

Alexander Pushkin is often referred to as the canonist of contemporary Russian literary language. The literary significance of the great Russian poet is priceless. His works unite people of all ages, religions, nationalities, and are translated into dozens of languages.

The museum Collection exposition features a variety of items associated with the name of Alexander Pushkin. Some of them are presented in the collection section "Decorative Arts" -- these are items ornamented with compositions depicting characters from fairy tales by A. Pushkin.

Cardholder "Ruslan fights with the Head" was created at the Imperial Stroganov school. The plot of the cardholder is based on the episode of Ruslan's meeting with the Magic Head from A. Pushkin poem "Ruslan and Lyudmila". The work might have been inspired by the inkpot of E.A. Lanceray "Ruslan", 1884.

The cigarette case with the top lid decorated by relief composition illustrating "The Tale of Tsar Saltan"  by Alexander Pushkin and depicting Prince Gvidon with the bow down, Princess Swan and kite, caught by the arrow and sinking in the sea. The cigarette case created at the Egor Cheryatov gold and silverware factory in 1908-1917.

Cigarette case with the composition “Mirror,mirror on the wall…”, based on "The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights" by Alexander Pushkin was created by Sergei Shaposhnikov in 1908-1917. Pushkin wrote this fairytale during one of the most prolific creative period, which is commonly referred to as the "Boldinsky Autumn". The basic material for writing the tale could be German, Scottish, Italian as well as Russian folklore, which Alexander Sergeyevich mastered and was fond of. Pushkin not only reconsidered the folk tale about the Dead Tsarevna, putting it into poetry, but also galvanized Russian identity in it. All mentioned condensed into the created personalities, in the details and in the protagonists’ characters. While reading fairytales written by Pushkin one can feel the remarkable facility of vocable, its fluidity, fluctuation and melodiousness. Universal human values, struggle of good versus evil, the reason for being, reviving power of love and death as requital - all these issues acquired philosophic reflection and were expressed by Alexander Pushkin creative works.