A magnificent Fabergé gem-set silver casket, Moscow, 1899-1908

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Of shaped rectangular form, exuberantly cast in high relief, the lid with the head of the warrior awakened by Ruslan in Pushkin's epic poem Ruslan and Ludmila, his beard draping the sides and entwining with his armour and the craggy earth, his helmet and shields set with vari-coloured cabochons, a murder of crows perching at his ear, the armour and flared base with Slavic scrolls and palmettes, struck K.Fabergé in Cyrillic beneath the Imperial Warrant
width 29.5cm, 11 3/4 in.