The Frog Princess (Царевна-лягушка). By N. Grovmov (Н. Громов). A beautiful box with a classic depiction of the beloved Russian fairy tale. Materials used are egg tempera paints, papier-mache and lacquer. Original paper label in Russian with details. "Made in USSR" written in gold on the bottom. The box is in about fine condition but has the usual wear to the bottom. 5½"x4¼"x2".
The Tsar wishes marriage for his three sons and to assist in this matter, he instructs each prince to shoot an arrow randomly upon which the arrow will find their bride. The youngest son's arrow is picked up by a frog. The king assigns his three prospective daughters-in-law various tasks, such as weaving cloth and baking bread. In every task, the frog outperforms the two other two by using magic. The young prince is ashamed of his frog bride until a spell is broken and she is transformed into Vasilisa the Wise. And thus begins the tale.