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Charka

after 1900

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

This charka is an exceptionally delicate example of plique-à-jour work in which the translucent enamel is supported by a delicate wire cage. It's bowl is divided into eight semi-oval shapes. Within each, appear identical, stylized plants with foliage in white and turquoise over red and blossoms in turquoise and yellow. The interstices are turquoise. Rows of larger blue circles are used to circumscribe the bowl's rim and to create patterns on the kokoshnik-shaped handle. The foot, also in plique-à-jour enamel, adheres to the same color scheme.

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