This grandiose work that depicts the biblical subject has been painted by Alexander Gaun from the village of Mstera. The painting style of this painter is always easily recognizable; it is notable for high quality of execution, original coloring and unique interpretation of well-known subjects.
The work is called "Once someone of you will betray me!". The left part of the composition features the famous biblical scene when Jesus Christ foretells that one of his pupils will betray him. The right part of the composition shows the scene of Judas' treachery who was paid 30 pieces of silver to identify Jesus to Roman soldiers in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The coloring of the composition is based on harmonious combinations of three main colors: brown, red and orange with minor additions of blue and dirty white. Gold metal leaf is used to create the halo above the head of Jesus Christ, and the armour and the helmets of the Roman soldiers.
The composition is framed with a gold line. The edges of the lid are adorned with a gold wavy pattern. The intricate gold floral pattern can be found wrapping around the box's s
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The box has a hinge located from the top of the composition and rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed with the artist's name, the village of Mstera and the title at the bottom of the composition.