Boxes “Order of Lenin” and “Order of the Red Banner of Labour” Created in the Village of Mstyora, 1950 and 1954 Mstyora is a small settlement in central Russia known for its specific miniature lacquer paintings. Two of the highest state awards of the USSR can be found in these two elegant masterpieces of Mstyora art. “Order of Lenin” and “Order of the Red Banner of Labour” were embodied in the famous “Yurin's ornament.” Neither before nor after the celebrated painter YevgenyYurin were the Soviet orders represented so delicately and magnificently. The Order of the Red Banner of Labour The special and inimitable manner of the famous Mstyora painter sophisticatedly manifests itself in these boxes. Light ornaments, lacy figures of various contours, weightless festoons with filigree spears form the finest gold background for the Soviet orders. The high value of the awards is emphasized by the luxurious The Order of Lenin and meticulous images.Yurin, who developed his unique artistic style, did not stay aloof from experiments with other subject-matters, but it was the perfect pattern which remained the main character of his works. The Order of the Red Banner of Labour was established on December 28, 1920. The Order of Lenin was established on April 6, 1930. Collection custodian: “Yurin’s mysterious language of patterns, all those fanciful weaves of swirls, circles, grass blades, incisions and flowers cannot be copied. His craftsmanship was highly appreciated by contemporaries who named his art as ‘music for the eyes.’ There are other works by Yevgeny Yurin in our collection.” reference Yevgeny Yurin, a hereditary icon painter, graduated from Mstyora icon-painting school, where he mastered age-old traditions of the Holy images limning, far in the Tsarist-era. With the advent of the Soviet system, he, along with other Mstyora painters, transferred his vigorous talent into the miniature lacquer painting. Following the new trends,the artist became a co-founder of the “proletarian art” guild. In addition to caskets and little boxes he designed theatre settings and costumes, illustrated books and dressed shop-windows. However, the perfect texture of his tracery and his ornaments spoke the immemorial holy language and that is why he was called an icon-painter for the rest of his life.