Russian Folkart
Nesting Dolls - Matryoshka


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Individually hand-crafted and hand-painted ● Wooden Dolls

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Matryoshka dolls (Russian: матрёшка, IPA: [mɐˈtrʲɵʂkə]; also known as babushka dolls, stacking dolls, nesting dolls, Russian tea dolls, or Russian dolls[1]) are a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another.  The name matryoshka, literally "little matron", is a diminutive form of the Russian female first name "Matryona" (Матрёна) or "Matryosha".[2]

A set of matryoshkas consists of a wooden figure, which separates at the middle, top from bottom, to reveal a smaller figure of the same sort inside, which has, in turn, another figure inside of it, and so on.

The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890 by wood turning craftsman and wood carver Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo.  Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress.  The figures inside may be of any gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate.  The dolls often follow a theme; the themes may vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders.  In the west, matryoshka dolls are often referred to as babushka dolls, babushka meaning "grandmother" or "old woman".[3]

Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka_doll (last edited 25 March 2021)

 

Nesting Dolls - Matryoshka
Nesting Doll, Matryoshka
Imported from Russia
Item Code M300
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3-doll set

black dress with red head-covering ● reddish-gold flowers ● white accents

approximately 4" tall



Nesting Doll, Matryoshka
Imported from Russia
Item Code M500
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5-doll set

light green dress ● purple and gold flowers ● white accents

approximately 7" tall



Nesting Doll, Matryoshka
Imported from Russia
Item Code M501
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5-doll set

dark blue dress ● purple and gold flowers ● white accents

approximately 3.75" tall



Nesting Doll, Matryoshka
Imported from Russia
Item Code M502
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5-doll set

blue dress ● blue and gold flowers ● white accents

approximately 3.75" tall



Nesting Dolls - Animals
Nesting Doll, Cats
Imported from Russia
Item Code A510
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5-doll set

approximately 4" tall



Nesting Doll, Cats
Imported from Russia
Item Code A511
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5-doll set

approximately 4" tall



Nesting Doll, Cats
Imported from Russia
Item Code A512
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5-doll set

approximately 4" tall



Nesting Doll, Cats
Imported from Russia
Item Code A513
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5-doll set

approximately 4" tall



Nesting Doll, Chickens
Imported from Russia
Item Code A430
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4-doll set

approximately 3.5" tall



Nesting Doll, Penguins
Imported from Russia
Item Code A520
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5-doll set

approximately 5" tall



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