Lubok Cat Print

$15.00

The subject is a possible satire of Peter the Great, a famous Russian tzar, who, after a trip to Louis XIV’s clean-shaven court, issued an edict forcing Russians either to cut off their beards or pay an annual tax. The caption above the creature’s head in old Slavic language reads:
CAT OF KAZAN, MIND OF ASTRAKHAN,
REASON OF SIBERIA, HE LIVED GLORIOUSLY,
ATE SWEETLY AND FARTED SWEETLY.

Print on plywood
Size 4.5″ x 7″ inches
Several layers of varnish
Rope attached

A lubok (Russian: лубо́к) is a Russian popular print, characterized by simple graphics and narratives derived from literature, religious stories, and popular tales. Lubki prints were used as decoration in houses and inns. Early examples from the late 17th and early 18th centuries were woodcuts, followed by engravings or etchings, and from mid-19th century lithography. They sometimes appeared in series, which might be regarded as predecessors of the modern comic strip.

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Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 9 × 7 × 1 in