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Russian Matryoshka Nested Dolls

 
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Hand Carved and Painted
Matryoshka Dolls History

 
Please note that because Matryoshka Nested Dolls are hand made by various Russian artists, it is not unusual for there to be slight variances in color and pattern, though the general design will be as pictured.
 
Russian Nested Doll Santa Item Sku: 32N

Russian Nested Doll Santa


Set of 3
Hand Made in Russia
2 3/4" Tall
Russian Nested Doll Traditional Red Item Sku: 269N

Russian Nested Doll Traditional – Red


Set of 5
Signed by Russian Artist
Hand Made in Russia
4 1/2” Tall
$6.50   
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$24.00   
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Russian Nested Doll Traditional Blue Item Sku: 270N

Russian Nested Doll Traditional – Blue


Set of 5.
Signed by Russian Artist
Hand Made in Russia
4 ¼” Tall
Russian Nested Doll Traditional Green Item Sku: 271N

Russian Nested Doll Traditional – Green


Set of 5
Signed by Russian Artist
Hand Made in Russia
4 ¼” Tall
$24.00   
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$24.00   
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Russian Nested Doll Santa Item Sku: 16N

Russian Nested Doll Santa


Set of 5.
Hand Made in Russia
4 Tall
Russian Nested Doll Natural Pink Highlights Item Sku: 428N

Russian Nested Doll Natural - Pink Highlights


Set of 5
Hand Made in Russia
3 ¾” Tall
$24.00   
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$18.00   
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Russian Nested Doll Natural Blue Highlights Item Sku: 429N

Russian Nested Doll Natural - Blue Highlights


Set of 5.
Hand Made in Russia
3 ¾” Tall
Russian Nested Doll Natural Red Highlights Item Sku: 293N

Russian Nested Doll Natural - Red Highlights


Set of 5
Hand Made in Russia
3 ¾” Tall
$18.00   
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$18.00   
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Russian Nested Doll Natural Green Highlights Item Sku: 467N

Russian Nested Doll Natural - Green Highlights


Set of 5.
Hand Made in Russia
3 ¾” Tall
Russian Nested Doll Angel Scene Item Sku: 344N-1

Russian Nested Doll Angel Scene


Set of 5
Signed by Russian Artist
Hand Made in Russia
1 1/4" Tall
$18.00   
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$28.00   
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Russian Nested Doll Noahs Ark Item Sku: 334N

Russian Nested Doll Noah's Ark


Set of 5
Signed by Russian Artist
Hand Made in Russia
1 1/4" Tall
Russian Nested Doll Biblical Scene Item Sku: 345N-1

Russian Nested Doll Biblical Scene


Set of 5
Signed by Russian Artist
1 1/2" Tall
Hand Made in Russia
$24.00   
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Russian Nested Doll Snowman Item Sku: 325N-1

Russian Nested Doll Snowman


Set of 10
Signed by Russian Artist
Hand Made in Russia
Available with RED TIE ONLY
2" Tall
Matryoshka Russian Souvenir Book Item Sku: 95020

Matryoshka Russian Souvenir Book


The matryoshka, or “nested doll”, is the most famous Russian souvenir which is popular with everyone, and it is considered to be a phenomenon in the world culture. Read about the history of the nested doll art, from the end of the 19th century, when the first matryoshka were produced, until present. Each page includes vivid color pictures of matryoshka and a wealth of information about the tradition and its artists.
Hardcover. 95 pages.
11” x 9”
$70.00   
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Russian Nested Doll Santa Item Sku: 299N

Russian Nested Doll Santa


Set of 10
Signed by Russian Artist
Hand Made in Russia
1 ¾” Tall
Russian Nested Doll Santa Item Sku: 332N

Russian Nested Doll Santa


Set of 5.
Signed by Russian artist.
Hand Made in Russia
1 ½” Tall
$70.00   
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$24.00   
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Russian Nested Doll Life of Jesus Item Sku: 302N

Russian Nested Doll Life of Jesus


Set of 5
Signed by Russian Artist
Hand Made in Russia
1 ½” Tall
Russian Nested Doll Traditional with Ladybug Item Sku: 267N

Russian Nested Doll Traditional with Ladybug


Set of 5
Hand Made in Russia
4 ¼” Tall
$34.00   
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$28.00   
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Russian Matryoshka Nested Dolls Page 2
The concept of nesting dolls has an extensive history going back at least 900 years. Nested folk boxes were first invented in China about 1000 A.D. In the early 1800's the Chinese first created wooden nesting dolls as we know them today. The early Chinese sets were thinly turned and grotesquely lacquered. The smallest doll in the set was a grain of rice. The development of nesting dolls was furthered considerably in Russian as the concept spread West. In the latter part of the 19th century, Russia artist Sergei Malyutin sketched the first Russian nested doll. Master carver V. Zveydochin turned the dolls on a wood lathe, while Malyutin painted the first set himself. These pioneering Zveydochin Matryoshka dolls are on permanent display at the Museum of Toys in Zagorsk. The Matryoshka's popularity extended beyond the borders of that country after being displayed in the Paris World Exposition in 1900. A few years later, Yevgenny Bezrukov created a set of 70 dolls, hand carved from a lime tree. This set has been exhibited at three World's Fairs. In the 1920's, exports of nesting dolls from Russia increased dramatically with the opening of a major production center in Zagorsk. About this same time, nesting dolls were being made by German toymakers in and around Munich. The craft did not flourish there, but continued to prosper in Russia and Poland. It wasn't until the late 1950's and early 1960's that the Soviet dolls became well known outside their own country. In more recent years, other countries have "flattered" the Russians by imitating the nesting dolls, while introducing distinctive characteristics reflective of their own cultures.

Nesting dolls are most often made of lathe turned hardwoods. In the past, some sets were hand-carved. A few plastic sets can even be found. However, hand painted wooden sets most effectively reveal the artisan's skill and are the most desirable. Nesting dolls characteristically split in half to reveal another, smaller doll, and yet another diminishing size.

Nesting dolls are primarily sought out by adult collectors. The Russian types are particularly popular with adults since they are very artistic, detailed, delicate and varied. Yet children also love the Russian dolls. They enjoy nesting and un-nesting the sets, arranging and rearranging them for hours.