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LUBOK: Maslenitsa. Мaсленица – LUBOK No 95.


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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. 

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