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Matryoshka Nesting Dolls

The Maiden design is one of the oldest styles for toy matryoshkas still being produced today. During the Communist Era, this style was a state supported factory design and the dolls were the only officially exported matryoshkas. Hand painted and traditionally very simple, this is a very old style that helped make the matryoshka doll a beloved collectors' item around the world.

Note:  Dolls have very small parts and are not recommended for young children under 3.  Do not put painted parts in your mouth

 

Semenov Family Nesting Dolls From Russia
497-A Semenov Family

4 Dolls Tallest 5"
Semenov Matryoshka Dolls
C7-402-4
Nesting Dolls
5823 Blue / Ivory

5 Dolls 7"
Nesting Dolls
7775 Apple Basket

5 Nesting 6"
Russian Nesting Dolls
8110-B Kirov Straw
Russian Straw Inlay Nesting Dolls
8110-R Kirov Straw
Straw Inlay Matryoshka Dolls
8118-B Kirov Straw
Russian Straw Inlay Matryoshka Dolls
8118-R Kirov Straw
Nesting Dolls
8292 Romashki Man
Russian Nesting Women Matryoshka Dolls
8292 Romashi Women
Russian Nesting Dolls
8337 - Green Scarf

7 Dolls 6"
Matryoshka Dolls
8337-B Blue Scarf

7 Dolls 6"
Nesting Dolls
8338 Red Dot Blue Flowers
Russian Art Dolls
110051-G

5 Dolls 4"
Semenov Nesting Dolls
102061 Semenov Maiden

6 Dolls 5" 
Russian Matryoshka Dolls
103054-1 Polkhovsk
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5 Dolls 6" 
Polkhovski Matryoshka Dolls
103054-2 Polkhovski

5 Dolls 6" 
Russian Maiden Dolls
103054-3 Polkhovski
 
5 Dolls 6"
Matryoshka Dolls
103054-4 Polkhovski

5 Dolls 6" 
Russian Nesting Dolls
103055 Volga Maiden

5 Dolls 6"
 
Russian Nesting Dolls 
103074-1 Polkhovsk

7 Dolls 8" 
Matryoshka Dolls
103074-2 Polkhovsk

7 Dolls 8" 
Matryoshka Dolls
103074-3 Polkhovsk

7 Dolls 8" 
Russian Nesting Dolls
103074-4 Polkhovsk

7 Dolls 8"  
Wooden Nesting Dolls
103074-P Polkhovsk

7 Dolls 8"  
Nesting Dolls
103074 Polkhovski Strawberries

7 Dolls 8" 
Matryoshka Nesting Dolls
103075

7 Dolls 8" 
Russian Nesting Dolls
104052-1 Zagorsk

5 Dolls 5"
Russian Nesting Dolls
104052-2 Zagorsk

5 Dolls 5 Inches
Russian Nesting Dolls
104052-3 Zagorsk

5 Dolls 5 Inches
Matryoshka Dolls
104052-4 Zagorsk

5 Dolls 5 Inches
Matryoshka Dolls
104052-6 Zagorsk

5 Dolls 5 Inches 
Matryoshka Dolls
104052-7 Zagorsk

5 Dolls 5 Inches 

Matryoshka Dolls
104052-F Zagorsk

5 Dolls 5 Inches 
Russian Nesting Dolls
110005 Maiden Dolls

5 Dolls 5 Inches
Nesting Art Dolls
110051-G 

5 Dolls 4 Inches
Russian Metryoshka Dolls
110053-B 

5 Dolls - 5.5"
Nesting Dolls
110053-G
 
5 Dolls - 5.5"

110057-K 
Khokhloma Nesting Dolls

110235 Baker Dolls
5 Dolls

120052-B 
Royal Blue Woodburn Dolls
5 Nesting
Woodburn Nesting Dolls
120052-T 
Teal Woodburn Dolls
5 Nesting
Russian Nesting Dolls
Woodburn NP-Flower 

7 Dolls Tallest 6 Inches

20294 Kirov Flower
Raggedy Ann Matryoshka Dolls
Raggedy Ann & Andy 

5 Dolls Tallest 6"
Russian Kirov Nesting Dolls
8111 Red Yellow Flower

7 Pieces Nesting Dolls
  
Ukraine Eggs
Eggs From Ukraine
  
Russian Easter Gifts
Rabbit with Eggs 
   
     

 

 
 



The Art of the Russian Matryoshka

Anyone who's ever enjoyed seeing or playing with a series of wooden nesting dolls--matryoshki in Russian--will gravitate instinctively to Ertl and Hibberd's lavishly illustrated tome. In it, several myths are quickly debunked: first, that these dolls were born in the Motherland (they emigrated from Japan); and second, that all are made from a single piece of wood (actually, one linden tree trunk yields about four or five blanks). The authors continue to reveal the world of matryoshki, including designs, manufacturing, themes, production centers, artists, and purchase of this native toy. The color photographs alone are worth the price, aiding a true appreciation of the art, whether readers admire the elegantly decorated Cinderella dolls or a wonderfully comic Bill Clinton and "family." Includes a useful glossary of English and Russian terms.

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Book Matryoshka Dolls
by Corinne Demas Bliss, Tom Voss, Kathryn Brown (Illustrator) 
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With illustrations quaint enough for Christmas cards, an author's note that explains the history of nesting dolls, and a story reminiscent of The Tin Soldier, Bliss's (Matthew's Meadow) picture book will especially please collectors of Russian matryoshkas. The story begins "in a small shop in a snowy village in Russia," where Nikolai the doll maker, a Geppetto-like wood carver, fashions a set of six nesting dolls. He tells them, "You are six sisters," and names each one. Anna, the largest doll, watches as they travel to America, where they are lined up on a shelf, and the smallest doll, Nina, is accidentally knocked to the floor and kicked outside into the snow. After a plow scoops up Nina and a snow truck dumps her outside of town, the shopkeeper sells the remaining matroyoshkas to a girl, Jessie, for half-price. Nina rides a river of melting snow to a stream, is picked up by a heron, found by a squirrel, tumbles down a rain pipe and is eventually found by Jessie and her cat, who reunite the six sisters. "How they rejoiced to be together again!" as "Anna smiled the smile that had been painted on by Nikolai the doll maker in Russia, so long ago." Brown's (Tough Boris) paintings are sweetly old-fashioned, the images perceived as if behind a scrim of fantasy. They suit the nostalgic mood of the narrative. What this story lacks in originality, it makes up for in neatness. The elements fit together as cozily as the dolls nesting one inside the other. For more information...


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