First Russian Matryoshka Doll. An elegant recreation of the very first Matryoshka made in A. Mamantov's workshop in the late 1890s. It was originally brought to life by two artists: Sergei Malutin (1859-1937) and Vasily Zvezdochkin (1876-1956). In 1919 the original doll, also known as "Girl with Rooster", was acquired by the Toy Museum at Sergiev Posad, Russia, where it has been on display for over 90 years. Painted with nicely executed woodburnt (pyrographic) enhancements. 8 nest. 6" down to 1". Made in Russia.
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