Christmas Tree Pins
- Hand Painted
Dolls (set of 10)
Item code #MS1002BL
- Beautiful set of Russian
Nesting Dolls (Matryoshkas).
- This set includes 10
handcrafted and hand painted dolls.
- This set makes a great gift
for collectors of all ages.
- It also can be used as a
toy for any child of 3 and up.
- The kids love counting
dolls, putting them in each other and taking them out.
- The size of the biggest
doll is 5.5"tall.
- MADE FROM
REAL Linden WOOD.
- Non Toxic.
- VERY NICE!
by Sergiev Posad artist
Elena Beytane (see the picture below)
Matryoshkas date from 1890. The story
goes that Sergei Maliutin, a painter
from a folk crafts workshop in the
Abramtsevo estate of a famous Russian
industrialist and patron of arts Savva
Mamontov, saw a set of
Japanese wooden dolls representing
Shichi-fuku-jin, the Seven Gods of
Fortune. Inspired, Maliutin drew
sketch of a Russian version of the toy.
It was carved by Vasiliy Zvezdochkin in
a toy workshop in Sergiyev Posad and
painted by Sergei Maliutin. It consisted
of eight dolls; the outermost was a girl
in an apron, then the dolls alternated
between boy and girl, with the innermost
– a baby.
1900, M.A. Mamontova, the wife of Savva
Mamontov, presented the dolls at the
World Exhibition in Paris and the toy
earned a bronze medal. Soon, many other
places in Russia started making
matryoshki of various styles.
Modern artists create many new styles of
nesting dolls. Today, many talented
Russian artists specialize in painting
themed matryoshka dolls that feature
specific categories of subjects, people