Russian Hand-Painted Matryoshka Nesting Stacking DollsRussian Hand-Painted Matryoshka Nesting Stacking DollsRussian Hand-Painted Matryoshka Nesting Stacking DollsRussian Hand-Painted Matryoshka Nesting Stacking DollsRussian Hand-Painted Matryoshka Nesting Stacking DollsRussian Hand-Painted Matryoshka Nesting Stacking DollsRussian Hand-Painted Matryoshka Nesting Stacking DollsRussian Hand-Painted Matryoshka Nesting Stacking Dolls

Russian Hand-Painted Matryoshka Nesting Stacking Dolls

This is a very old Russian matryoshka doll purchased in Russia in the late 1980s. Matryoshka dolls are also known as Babushka dolls, stacking dolls, nesting doll, Russian tea dolls, or Russian dolls. These dolls are made of a set of wooden dolls in decreasing sized placed one inside another. The first Russian doll was made in 1890 the artists Vasily Zvyozdochkin and Sergey Malyutin. Their design, which was followed by other artists, traditionally has a woman in the outer doll, dressed in a sarafan---a long and shapeless Russian peasant jumper dress. Although the inner dolls, don't have to all woman, they typically are, as is the case here. There is a possibility that the there was a fifth doll that would have nested in the smallest doll in the set. The history of Russian doll crafts is interesting. One artist, Mamontov created the Children's Educational Workshop to make and sell children's toys. Although it only lasted a few years, the tradition was relocated to Sergiyev Posad.

This doll doesn't seem to be lacquered as many of the dolls that we see. This was probably made as a toy, and is rather old. It is stamped, "Made in Russia" on the bottom. There is also a sticker which I can not read.

This stacking doll is 7 1/8 inches high with four additional dolls nested within. These dolls measure 3 1/2 inches high, 2 1/2 inches high, 2 inches high, and the littlest coming in at 1 5/16 inches.

ITEM ID
SL-006860
COLOR
Black, Brown, Gray, Orange, White
NAME/CHARACTER
International Cultures/Countries

Russian Hand-Painted Matryoshka Nesting Stacking Dolls

$125

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