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LUBOK: Maslenitsa. Мaсленица - LUBOK No 95. Zoom

LUBOK: Maslenitsa. Мaсленица - LUBOK No 95.

Author: Anon.
Place and Year: [Russia, second half of the 19th century].
Technique: Heliotype print with original colour (Very Good, small tears in margins), 65 x 45 cm.
Code: 65082

A lubok, with verses in Cyrillic script below, shows scenes connected to the holiday of Maslenitsa, an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, corresponding the Western Christian Carnival.

The text in Russian explains the images abowe, which include singing, dancing, an erotic scene and smoking tabacco. 



A lubok (pl. Lubki) is a Russian broadside in the style of folk art. 

They started gaining their popularity in the 17th century, when they were produced as crudely engraved wood-cuts. Still extremely popular, especially among common people in the 19th century, they were replaced by more modern technologies, such as lithographs and heliotype prints.