Design: A beautiful 'mandorla' design, a shape often seen in Byzantine art ('mandorla' is the Italian word for almond-shaped, the almond seed being symbolic of miraculous birth). The mandorla is used to frame iconic images of holiness, which here seems to represent a statue of the Virgin and Child against a background of clouds.
History: Label scan courtesy of UK music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt. Thanks for updated info to Per Backman, who writes: "The label is certainly not pre-revolution [as was previously assumed] as the spelling of "pyesnya" is modern. The record is in Russian, and probably from a Russian master, but made in Azerbaydzhan (of which Baku is the capital). The record is almost certainly from the 1950's, probably some time between 1956 and 1961."