Hand painted round wooden lacquer box . Each box is hand made from the trunk of a birch tree that has been aged for at least two years to insure that the wood will not crack. Hand turned on a lathe, it is then sanded smooth and several under coats of paints are applied. The final painting of the design can take several days to complete. The smaller details are painted under a magnifying glass with a one hair brush. The box is beautifully decorated by painting with silver filigree. After the final painting is done eight or more coats of lacquer are applied, each one having dried and being sanded smooth before the next one is applied. These boxes are truly a work of art. Signed by the Russian artist E. Tashkova. The box measures 3 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches.