This attractive multi-figured composition was painted by a well-known Palekh artist,Kuzmenko Galina.
It's entire surface is covered with colorful paintings based on the Russian folk fairy-tale of "The Snowmaiden" or "Snegurochka" which is Russian for Snowmaiden.
Snowmaiden isn't a human being. Her father is Old Man Winter(or Father Frost in some versions) and her mother is Fairy Spring. She is depicted here peeping out from the forest and looking at the village where people live. People are so happy and merry! They sing songs, and have fun enjoying every minute of life. She wants to be their friend and live among them. She wishes to know what people feel; and what love is...
In the right upper corner Lel is playing her his song on a flute, and in the opposite corner we can Mizgir is making a declaration of love to her.
The scenes are painted in the traditional Palekh style. The details are enhanced with gold and aluminum paints. Gold and aluminum paints are also used to paint the attractive patterns that frame the box's lid, and wrap around the bottom part of the box's body.
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 above the composition and rests on a wavy platform. The work is signed with the artist's name and Palekh.