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This marvelous five-sided casket was painted by a talented Palekh artist Galina Kuzmenko. It shows several scenes from the popular Russian fairy-tale "The Snowmaiden" or "Snegurochka".
On the lid of the composition the artist depicts the very beginning of a tale when a grandmother and grandfather who had no children made a girl out of snow for themselves, who came to life and became a Snow Maiden.
All four sides of the casket are showing of Winter amusemant of the children from a village. Here we can see village children taking Snowmaiden for a walk, Mizgir is playing the flute, seeing off winter and Snowmaiden is coming back to the village.
A broad spectrum of red, blue, green and yellow colors is used to create this highly detailed work. The background of all the paintings is of the black color, which is a feature of Palekh style.
Gold paint and aluminum paints are used to enhance the life and brightness of the scene. The costumes of the characters are also decorated with gold and aluminum paints.
The box rests on two platforms, that continues the sides. The edges of the lid and the sides are decorated with simple golden dot ornamentation.
The box is made out of paper-mache made. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The lid is hinged from the top of the painting on a lid and the box is signed with the artist's name and Palekh.
The tale was also adapted into an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.