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        Christmas Fortune Telling

        Makovsky, Konstantin Egorovich (1839-1915). Russian. Medium: oil on canvas. The twelve days of holiday after Christmas (celebrated 7th January in the Eastern Orthodox Church) are seen as particularly auspicious for fortune telling in Russia; young girls would spread grain on the floor; the girl would marry whose feed was pecked first by the chicken; Provenance: Museum of Religion and Atheism, St. Petersburg, Russia. Photographic Rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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