This attractive box was painted by a well-known Palekh artist,Kuzmenko Galina.
Here the artist has depicted a scene from the most popular Russian fairy-tales, "Snegurochka," in English known as "The Snowmaiden." In the middle of the composition we can see Lel and Snegurochka. The Sprimg has come and Snowmaiden is start melting. We can see a hot red Sun on the backstage of the scene. This is her Good-buy song. Below the Snowmaiden we can see village people and Father Frost (father of Snowmaiden).
The tale was also adapted into an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
The palette is bright, and filled with a rich spectrum of tempera paints.
The black background provides separation of the sky and earth. Gold and aluminum paint details a majority of the scene, which makes the details bring the scene to life.
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. Gold dot ornamentation frames the scene, and another expanded pattern, accented with aluminum, wraps around the sides 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.