The “Malachite Casket” is a delightful series of interlinking stories written by Pavel Bazhov (). These have served as the theme for cultural groups. View and download Pavel Bazhov – Malachite Casket, TALES FROM THE on DocDroid. Tales of the Malachite Casket–Hostess of the Copper Mountain. This is a story from the mysterious Ural Mountains. It comes from a time when.

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Malahitovaja shkatulkaalso known as ” The Malachite Box “, [1] is a folk tale the so-called skaz of the Ural region collected and reworked by Pavel Bazhov. It was first published in the several issues of the Sverdlovsk newspaper Na Smenu!

It was later released as a part of The Malachite Casket collection. This skaz was first published in the several issues of the Sverdlovsk newspaper Na Smenu! Tjatino podarenjebut the title was changed prior to publication. Tales from the Urals collection. The talented miner Stepan dies, leaving his widow Nastasya Nastyona mapachite their two sons and a daughter.

Nastasya becomes the owner of the Malachite Casket filled with jewellery, which Stepan got from the legendary Mistress of the Copper Mountain. Only Tanyushka malachkte to play with the Casket, and every piece of jewellery looks good on her. With black hair and green eyes, Tanyushka does not look like her mother at all, as if she was born to different parents.

Her appearance resembles that of the Mistress of the Copper Mountain. A female vagabond comes to their house and stays for a while, teaching Tanyushka silk embroidering. Nastasya is not happy with the arrangement, because she feels that Tanyushka “doesn’t want to come to her own mother, but hugs a tramp “.

One day, when the woman is alone with Tanyushka, the girl shows her the jewellery from the Malachite Casket, and in return the woman shows her a vision of a beautiful room decorated with malachite. She explains that the Malachite Room of the Tsar’s palace is decorated with the malachite that Stepan mined.

Next day the mysterious woman leaves Nastasya’s house. Before malachjte leaves, she presents the girl with a small button for a “remembrance”. Meanwhile Tanyushka grows up. She becomes an incredibly skilled needleworker and a great beauty, but keeps to herself and avoids other girls’ company.

People start calling her “a stone statue”. Nastasya blames this behaviour on the vagabond “sorceress”. One day a tragedy occurs in the family: Nastasya has to sell the Malachite Casket.


from Russia with love: Tales of the Malachite Casket–Hostess of the Copper Mountain

A lot of merchants are interested in the jewellery. At the same time, a new bailiff arrives at the factory. He is quickly nicknamed “Flogger” Russian: Parotya because he always orders flagellation as a form of punishment. The bailiff is married to the mistress of the local landlord’s son, and this rich woman eventually buys the Casket.

However she cannot wear the jewellery because every piece of it pains her. She asks various craftsmen to fix it for her, but all of them refuse to touch the gemstones, explaining that none of the masters is willing to quarrel with their maker and they were made to fit one person only.

Flogger’s wife gives up and decides to resell the Casket at earliest convenience. When the old landlord dies, his son wants his mistress back.

Flogger is angry at first, but when he hears of Tanyushka’s beauty and comes to see her, he is smitten. He tries to court the girl, but Malachits is very cold with him. The landlord’s son, the noble man named Turchaninov, finally comes for Flogger’s wife.

When Tanyushka catches his eye, he forgets about his mistress. He buys the Casket from her and offers it to Tanyushka, but she refuses. Turchaninov then claims that he wishes to marry the girl. She announces that she will only agree to the marriage if he shows her the Tsarina herself at the Malachite Room in Saint Petersburg. Dressed like a queen, Tanyushka arrives at the Palaceand walks directly to the Malachite Room.

Tsarina enters the room, saying: Upon hearing that Tanyushka frowns and says to Turchaninov: I told ye to show me the Tsarina, and you’ve done it so as to show me to her. She is never seen again, but the Mistress of the Copper Mountain gets a maoachite see two maids in malachite robes.

Most scholars cassket that Malwchite or metaphorically—is the daughter of the Mistress of the Copper Mountain.

The Malachite Casket (fairy tale)

Yelena Prikazchikova commented malcahite Tanyushka is a typical changelingthe child of the mountain spirit and the mortal. Her mother Nastasya is an ordinary person, while the girl can appreciate the magic of the Mistress’s gift. On Tanyushka’s melting away into the malachite wall, Yelena Prikazchikova said that petrifaction in fiction would normally mean death, but Tanyushka is the Mistress’s double, so such act was like coming home for her.


Malachute magical malachite was used for simple human needs, to decorate the imperial chambers, which displeases the Mistress on principle. Therefore she tries in every possible way to demonstrate her power over it and makes the noble women cower before Tanyushka.

Denis Zherdev commented that the Mistress of the Copper Mountain’s female domain is the world of chaos. It collides with the ordered factory world, and brings in randomness, variability, unpredictability and capriciousness. Malachife are never completely “normal”. Marina Balina mentioned Freud ‘s interpretation of the motif of a double as a symbolic manifestation of death.

Similar plot device can be found in “Two Lizards”. During Soviet times, every edition of The Malachite Box maladhite usually prefaced by an essay commenting on the creativity of the Ural miners, cruel landlords, social oppression and the “great workers unbroken by the centuries of slavery”. The film The Malachite Casket was a part of the animated film series made at Sverdlovsk Film Studio mxlachite [31] from the early s to early s, on time for the th anniversary since the birth of Pavel Bazhov.

Malachite Casket: Tales From the Urals

The series included the following films: The Malachite Casket is a stop motion animated film directed by Oleg Nikolaevskymalachife screenplay by Alexander Timofeevsky. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the party spirit: The Live Book Museum. Retrieved 22 November In Three Volumes in Russian. Retrieved 30 November The National Library of Australia. Retrieved 25 November Bazhov i socialisticheskij realizm. Izvestiya of the Ural State University in Russian. The Ural State University The Ural State Malschite.

Retrieved 14 December Russian Children’s Literature and Culture. Retrieved 15 December Retrieved 23 November Retrieved 1 December Retrieved malahcite ” https: Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 14 Novemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Malachite Casket collection list of stories. Print newspaperhardback and paperback.