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Nesting dolls - MATRYOSHKA


  • Object:

    Nesting dolls

  • Date:

    1994 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    turned limewood; painted and varnished

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 8 []

Physical description

The nesting dolls consist of 13; twelve are in two halves and the last is very small and whole. The dolls are graded in size and one fits inside another. All the dolls are slightly different but painted in the same colours - an olive green decorated with white; pink; red; light green; black; orange; brown and emerald green to indicated the clothing; flowers; fruit and a cat. The theme of the girl; cat; fruit and flowers is repeated but all in slightly changing stances.
1,2. top and bottom of largest doll
3,4. top and bottom of 2nd doll
5,6. top and bottom of 3rd doll
7,8. top and bottom of 4th doll
9,10. top and bottom of 5th doll
11,12. top and bottom of 6th doll
13,14. top and bottom of 7th doll
15,16. top and bottom of 8th doll
17,18. top and bottom of 9th doll
19,20. top and bottom of 10th doll
21,22. top and bottom of 11th doll
23,24. top and bottom of 12th doll
25. 13th doll; the smallest and whole
The maker; E K Latisheva; is a well known woman artist and she comes from a family of traditional craftsmen making these dolls from before 1900.


1994 (made)

Materials and Techniques

turned limewood; painted and varnished

Marks and inscriptions

the maker's name; date and trademark of a stylized double eagle; all incised with a hot needle

Object history note

References: RUSSIAN FOLK TOYS booklet published by the Museum of Toys; USSR Academy of Pedagogical Sciences. see also registered packet

Collection was presented to BGM by the Traditional Sergiev Cultures Centre; following an exhibition at the Cambridge Folk Museum; September 1994. The items are modern; made to the traditional designs and methods by craftsmen whose families had produced the toys before

Price: £40.00

Descriptive line

Matryoshka; Russian; 1994

Production Note

Made by: E K Latisheva of Sergiev Posad.


Museum of Childhood

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