The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (Свято-Троицкая Сергиева Лавра). Carved "shkatulka" (шкатулка) hinged box with pokerwork, painting, and clear lacquer. Made in the "Zagorsk Toy Factory No. 1" before 1991. High-quality production. 6" x 4¼" x 1¾".
Pokerwork, also known as pyrography, has been around for 500 years as a decorative element. It was in the late 19th century that painting combined with pokerwork became popular. The main ornamental composition is drawn in the wood with a heated needle. This picture is then painted in simple or complex color schemes, then coated with lacquer. Common themes include Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, with its powerful and ancient fortress walls from the 15th-18th centuries. Other compositions depict folk festivals, fairy tales, and village themes. Trinity Sergiev-Posad Monastery.