This rare 14.5 inch Russian doll is the only of her type that I have seen in my years of collecting and researching Russian dolls here and in Russia. She may have been made by a doll factory worker for her own child as she has characteristics of the factory made dolls from the 1930s as well as less common features like extensive hand embroidery on the apron and blouse. Unlike the dolls made for export that are well marked with labels, she is unmarked without label. As I have found in other Russian folk work there is the contradiction between elaborate, exquisite detail (the hand embroidery) and functional lower quality (the embroidered apron has no hem and is just cut off at the bottom). I was amazed when I first saw this kind of juxtaposition on gorgeous Palek lacquer brooches that had safety pins embedded in the back to serve as the clasp.
She has a papier mache head, painted features and fairly dark skin tone complexion. Her hands are painted cloth. Her body is stuffed cloth similar to the more common 15" Russian dolls made in the factories of Sergiev Possad (Zagorsk). She wears well made lapti woven straw shoes like the good peasant that she is. Her costume is cotton, the skirt ribbon trimmed and as previously mentioned elaborate embroidery on blouse and apron. She is in good, played with condition.
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