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The Cat, the Cock, and the Fox by Himmapaan The Cat, the Cock, and the Fox by Himmapaan
‘The fox is carrying me away … Cat Cotonaevich, rescue me!’

Illustration for The Cat, the Cock, and the Fox, from Myths and Legends of Russia, collected by Aleksandr Afanas'ev and translated by Norbert Guterman; published by The Folio Society: [link]

The motif of the cock being carried away by the fox may bring to mind the fables concerning Reynard the Fox, Chanticleer the rooster, and his hen, Partlet - most particularly, The Nun's Priest's Tale, from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Unlike that tale, however, in which Chanticleer manages to outwit the fox in the end, this one does not end happily for the cock. In spite of having to be rescued by the cat twice and being warned not to be deceived, he eventually falls prey to the fox in his third attempt.
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Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2009
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Randy-J-Cushman Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
the composition is just mind blowing!
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RATARMA Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   General Artist
what an unusual name for the cat!))))

i've read this fairytale in Russian several times but in a different version
and it had usually been Khotofey Khotofeevich.
(the second part represents father's name which is the same as the son's.
the word "Khotofey' comes from the word "khot"which means "cat")

So it had aways seemed to be quite logical:
one of the main characters is a cat whose name comes from the traditional pronounciation of the word "cat"))

but now...i discovered that there is another variant of the Cat's name!
probably from some dialect or the Old Russian

because ''Cotonay'' sounds like a name of some elderly magician to me)))
and such variant of the Cat's name does exist...in google *i really needed to check it!*
and, maybe, in some of my childhood memories
but it seems to be a really faint recollection)

*hope it's not a too complicated, time-consuming and unclear describtion)))*
i just needed to share my tiny linguistic discovery;)

BTW you've got the real feeling of the dramatic moment in your picture(s)
absolutely great and truly professional work!
Best of all luck with it!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your explanation and for sharing the extra tidbits!
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RATARMA Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012   General Artist
i'm glad you like it!)) yeah, there are many variations in folklore characters' names. some of them are really peculiar and hard to explain) it's great that you found the time to read and answer my comment as you must be having a really big workload!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
As a matter of fact, I do! :fear:

(I read all comments, though don't usually manage to reply, I'm afraid)
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RATARMA Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012   General Artist
that's a very polite thing to do!
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MiloNeuman Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student General Artist
The consistency with which characters from Russian folklore fail to learn from their mistakes never ceases to amuse me.
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VeronicaRosejones Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student General Artist
WoW!!! Amazing! So detailed :)
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CwnAnnan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Student
.. o.o kind of nostalgic beauty.. ^-^ like it
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Sassar Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Student General Artist
I love that style, it's wonderful!
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