Bead Box “1917” Made in Palekh, 1976 This decorated casket is the smallest exhibit in our collection. You can estimate its size only by placing it next to a bigger item. The bead box is an exclusive miniature casket with an unexpected dedication: it was made in the honour of the Great Socialist October revolution of 1917. The exact dimensions of this small astonishing item are: 1.8x2.7 x2.2 cm! One must use a magnifier to see its multiple and complex painted scenes in full detail. The painting complies with every tradition of the Palekh style: black background, bright tempera, golden paint, lacquer. The scenes of revolution depicted on the bead box are in the best traditions of the Palekh realistic school. On the upper lid, we can see the leader of global proletariat, Lenin, standing on an armoured vehicle, addressing thousands of revolutionary sailors and soldiers in Petrograd near the Finland Railway Station. We can see other important “events” related to the revolution on the side panels: the storm of the Winter Palace, rebellious Petrograd, the stage of the First All- Russia Congress of Soviets of Worker and Soldier deputies, and revolutionary crowds. reference The bead box is an almost forgotten item of Russian art and Russian luxury. Nowadays it is nothing more than a nice souvenir. But even in the beginning of the 20th century bead embroidery was a common and popular hobby among aristocracy. Beads were quite expensive so ordinary peasant women could not afford them. Women of high society used to keep beads сin lacquered caskets of various colours and forms so that they could easily find which they needed for the embroidery.