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This marvelous five-sided casket was painted by a talented Palekh artist Ludmila Gelisheva. It shows several scenes from the popular Russian fairy-tale "The Snowmaiden" or "Snegurochka" (in Russian).
The tale was also adapted into an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
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 the Spring and Summer amusemant of the villagers. Here we can see how the children are taking Snowmaiden to the forest, they have start the fire and jump over it, but Snowmaiden can not stand the heat , melted and her Spirit and the steam from her snow body went to the sky...
The work is painted in traditional Palekh style. The greens and blues become electric, the reds and oranges passionate. Hair thin gold and silver accents have been used extensively throughout the composition adding rich luminescence and delicacy to the piece.
The box's lid and base are decorated with intricate gold leafy pattern.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes the interior of the work.
The lid is hinged, and the box rests on two platforms. The artist wrote her name, the year of 2015 and the village name of Palekh along the bottom of the composition on a lid.