MATRYOSHKA ~ Russian Nesting Doll

Russian Nesting Doll

A matryoshka doll (Russian: матрёшка; IPA: [mɐˈtrʲɵʂkə] matrëška), also known as a Russian nesting doll, or Russian doll, refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another.

The name “matryoshka” (матрёшка), literally “little matron”, is a diminutive form of Russian female first name “Matryona” (Матрёна) or “Matriosha”. (Wikipedia)

Russian Nesting Dolls

The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme; the themes may vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders. The matryoshka dolls are often referred to as “babushka dolls”, “babushka” meaning “grandmother” or “elderly woman”. (Wikipedia)

 

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Here’s my little porchetta playing with the Russian Nesting Dolls that Uncle Tommy brought back from Ufa; Alexa’s birthplace.

Ufa, Russia

Ufa, Russia

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