Russia

The mice are burying the cat (lubok)

This is a very interesting “lubok” (Russian: лубок). Lubki (plural form of lubok) were used as decorations in houses and inns and they might be regarded as predecessors of modern comic strips.

“The Mice burying the cat” (Russian: Мыши кота погребают) is thought to be a caricature of Peter the Great’s burial. The caption above the cat reads “The Cat of Kazan, the Mind of Astrakan, the Wisdom of Siberia”, a parody of the title of tsars.

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