Santas for sale #55
beautiful village kremlin with church with spires
Russian bears on toboggan
HISTORY OF THE NESTING DOLL:
So many people now are collectors of the Matryushka dolls with
collections on Pinterest and other sites.
Those ubiquitous Russian lacquered dolls can be seen almost
everywhere now!   I saw one on a Starbucks coffee mug in Moscow
this past summer.
Most historians agree that the nesting dolls were first seen in Russia
sometime in the 1800's, although they did not originate in Russia.  It
appears that they probably originated in China far earlier in time than
this date.
Later, many workshops specializing in the nesting dolls were centered
around the holy city of Sergiev Posad.  After the fall of the Soviet
Union, the artisans and craftsmen of the area revived the old
traditions.  
Nowadays, you can see the Matryushka dolls with every possible
pattern or style of painting.  Some of the dolls now have an opaque
coating rather than the highly polished lacquer that most of us are
familiar with for the nesting dolls.
The larger Matryushka dolls have 7 dolls total, the smaller nesting dolls
have 5.  All nesting dolls pictured in this photo are for sale!  Price:  $45.
any color larger size, $40 small size - (plus shipping)  See
page 52 for
larger nesting dolls with payment buttons,
page 17 for the smaller dolls.
FINELY HAND-CRAFTED WOODEN RUSSIAN
SANTAS!  All natural, linden wood carvings!
The Russian Santa has a magnificent church with spires outside
the village kremlin -- FOR SALE on p. 36
Two very sweet Russian bears gliding by on a winter's day on their
toboggan!
really large sack with hand painted scene on this magnificent RUSSIAN SANTA CLAUS
RUSSIAN
SANTA FOR
SALE ON PAGE
46