In the Russian language and culture of the East consistently associated with Asia, while the West is associated with Europe. The problem is that my country is both in Asia and in Europe. Ekaterinburg City, where I live, is located in Asia, and a summer house in the village, which is already located in Europe.
Almost all of its history, my country has to choose which way to civilization closer to her - European or Asian. And in the end I chose something in between. In the words of one of our philosopher: "Appearance we have a European and actions - Asia". And provided you a miniature meets this duality. Its author - sculptor of the Czech Republic (European country with Slavic population). It depicts a dwarf (a typical representative of European mythology) in the image of Russian BOGATYR (hero), which is characterized by parts of the armor and clothes of Asian origin.
That's the way I decided to translate the theme proposed by by Curt. I hope that my association and my job will seem interesting.