Snowstorm (Метелица). A fine lacquer box by Yulia Germanovna Konovalova (Юлия Германовна Коновалова (Штыкова), who was born in 1956. From 1971 until 1976, she studied at the Palekh Art School and subsequently was employed in the Palekh art-production workshops through 1991. Papier-mache, egg tempera paints, lacquer. Detailed decorative freehand scroll border in gold. A beautiful box, signed by the artist. Approximately 2" x 1¼" x 1". 1 only, as shown.
In olden days in Russia, the snowstorm (aka blizzard) and the wind that carried the newly fallen snow, was a popular topic of songs and dances. As a dance, it was part of a category known as everyday (бытовой танец). The artist has painted the meeting of two young people in the village of Palekh. The village church - Holy Cross - is visible in the background on the right, together with small rural houses.
Learn more about Palekh here.
Condition note: White or cloudy areas in the photos are "hot spots" caused by studio lights reflecting off the shiny lacquer. The box itself is brand new, and perfect.