This is a great example of the set of Russian cloth masked face dolls made from before the revolution (1917) until the 1930s. This boy in excellent condition is marked "Made in Russia" on his tag, which dates him to before 1920 when the name of the country was changed to the Soviet Union. He is a 16" stuffed cloth doll with an elaborate and authentic Russian peasant costume made of a linen fabric with a felt overcoat. He wears the traditional woven straw shoes - Lapti. He also has a wooden horn and another piece of wood. These dolls were made for export and to represent the various regions of Russia. The women dolls wear a variety of costumes. I have only seen two other men - another generic Village Boy and an Eskimo man. This boy makes a great partner for any of the women. I show him with the Ukrainian Woman and the Mordva Woman. Both of the female dolls are sold separately in my shop. The Village Boy is a great example of these early Russian cloth dolls. He would have been made in one of the toy factories made in the towns around Moscow like Zagorsk (today renamed Sergiev Possad). A number of examples of this boy can be found as he wa made into the 1930s. The tags let us date when they were made. Usually the tags are in English as the dolls were made for export. There is aa tag in Cyrillic on another boy on the RL site that says for export and also the place of production as Moscow.
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Russian Cloth Doll: 16" Village Boy