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Russian Matryoshka Doll
Semyonovo Matryoshka
The Matryoshka (Little Mother) doll is actually several dolls within a doll. Each doll can be opened to reveal another smaller one nested inside.
     The most traditional of the Russian nesting dolls is this one, imported from the village of Semyonovo northeast of Moscow. Since the early 1900s, the painters of Semyonovo have rendered their dolls with oil paint and india ink. Skin tones are the natural color of the lime wood from which the dolls are lathed. Parted hair, distinctive eyes, healthy cheeks, and a sweet mouth, are framed in a bright yellow kerchief with a flower border. Fingerprint whorls embellish the kerchief, skirt, and sleeves, and a brilliant bouquet of flowers adorns the apron.
     An enduring symbol of motherhood, Matryoshka Dolls make wonderful gifts for birthings, Mother's Days, and housewarmings, and make beautiful wedding decorations. They are excellent toys for teaching children counting, and the concepts of "big-bigger-biggest" and "small-smaller-smallest". They come in two sizes – 4" with five pieces, and 6" with seven pieces.
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Little Matryoshka
These 5-piece Matryoshkas, hand-crafted in Russia, are only three inches tall. We will make a selection for you.

Russian Matryoshka Doll
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Folk Costume Matryoshka
From the largest to the smallest, every piece of these unusual 5-piece Folk Costume Matryoshkas is as exquisitely hand-painted as the next. Crafted in Russia. 7" tall. We will make a selection for you.

Folk Costume Matryoshka
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Russian Folk Costume Doll
Russian Folk Costume Doll
Beautifully detailed wooden folk costume doll hand-crafted in Russia.
13" tall. Only one in stock.
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Russian Folk Costume Doll
Little Russian Doll
Darling, dainty little doll in folk costume, hand-crafted in Russia.
5" tall. Only one in stock.
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Greek Orthodox Nun Collector Doll
Greek Orthodox Nun Collector Doll
The ancient tradition of monasticism has existed from the days of the Apostles, witnessed to by the words of Saint Paul to the Christians of Corinth – "The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit:..." (I Cor 7:34) The Orthodox Christian east has seen generation upon generation take up this yoke, caring for the things of the Lord and praying, for themselves and for the world.
      Our Greek Orthodox Nun Collector Doll is authentically dressed in every detail. The garb dates back more than a thousand years. The distinctive color of monastic raiment is black, symbolizing penitence. She wears a simple dress over a plain undergarment, a leather belt with metal buckle, and leather sandals. Her stockings and mandili (head covering) are painted. Over her dress, she wears a schema, a piece of fabric on which is depicted the symbols of Christ's Passion (the cross, spear, reed, sponge), abbreviated prayers, and mystical symbols representing consecration to a life of prayerful communion with Christ. Over all she wears a rasson (outer coat) and a koukouli (veil). A real wooden cross hangs around her neck and she holds a prayer rope with 33 beads, representing the 33 years our Saviour lived on this earth.
      Each 15" doll is individually hand crafted – no two dolls are exactly alike. The head and limbs are cast in papier-mâché, beautifully painted and finished, and attached to a cork-stuffed muslin body. The clothing (five garments in all) and accessories are made from 100% cotton fabric, real leather, metal fittings, and plastic beads. A metal display stand is included. Collector Doll – NOT a child's toy. Allow up to 4 weeks for delivery.
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