The music box itself is wood and has a glass dome, both have gold foil embellishments. The music box is wound from the bottom and then there is a sliding switch, it will play itself out or can be shut back off. Music plays nicely and Dancer works wonderfully (please see the video to see it in action). Item is in excellent condition for its age, some ware noted to the gold foil embellishments. As a hand make piece from Louis Vuitton, this is a one of a kind piece.Limited like pieces available for sale.