Russian Dolls

The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood Modern artists create many new styles of nesting dollsA matryoshka doll (Russian: матрёшка; IPA: [mɐˈtrʲɵʂkə] ( listen), matrëška), also known as Russian nesting doll, refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other Areas with notable matryoshka styles include Sergiyev Posad, Semionovo (now the town of Semyonov),[6] Polkhovsky Maidan, and Kirov The dolls are constructed from one block of wood in order to create a proper fit; different pieces of wood would have unique expansion-contraction characteristics and moisture content

Matryoshka dolls are often designed to follow a particular theme, for instance, peasant girls in traditional dress The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby lathed from a single small piece of wood (and hence non-opening) The artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be extremely elaborate Today, some Russian artists specialize in painting themed matryoshka dolls that feature specific categories of subjects, people or nature

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

The artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be extremely elaborate[2][3] The doll set was painted by Malyutin

Modern artists create many new styles of nesting dolls

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