Village Merriment (Сельское Веселье). As this is probably late 19th-early 20th century village life, the spring harvest is over and the merriment can begin. Young villagers are dressed in distinctive folk costumes. The musicians play a bayan and a balalaika, and keep time by clapping hands. The girls, also in colorful folk costumes, are encouraged to join in the fun. Houses rise up from the distance.
The box is in almost new condition. Late 20th century Zagorsk Artel production with painted details and pyrography. 6¾"x 6¾"x 2¼". 1 only.
Cottage industry “kustar” work (Кустарная промышленность) was important for rural peasants and their families in parts of Russia starting in the 16th century. It developed extensively during the 19th century, producing a wide range of arts and crafts in wood, textile, and metal. Some of the more substantial enterprises later formed cooperatives and factories. A complex and an excellent example of fine Russian decorative art.