"Wonder of Wonders" mask
This design is about wonders. “Wonder” in Russian is “chud”. Chud are an ancient mythical people with white eyes, coming from Russian, Finno-Ugrian, Sami and Komi folklore. Similar legends are known in Siberia among the Siberian Tatars and Mansi people – about the sybyrs, among the Altai – about the Buruts, among the Nenets – about the Sikhirtya.
An ancient Russian miracle is a wonder, a supernatural phenomenon, a “cudo” in Common Slavic. It goes back to the Indo-European root (s)keu- (which means to have deep respect and affection). The word "sorcerer" has the same root. The common Slavic ‘miracle” is a derivative of “essence”, “feeling”. It meant "to feel”, “to smell." A miracle is a felt and observed phenomenon, which in time turned into an extraordinary, amazing phenomenon.
This design is dedicated to the Permian monstrous style, which is inherently wonderful and teaches us to feel the wonders. It is the perceptible and visible world, which takes us into a space journey through time – into the days when the constellation of Ursa Major was the constellation of Elk with a calf.