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Kustar Matryoshka and Valday Bell

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  •  Kustar Matryoshka and Valday Bell
  •  Kustar Matryoshka and Valday Bell
  •  Kustar Matryoshka and Valday Bell
  •  Kustar Matryoshka and Valday Bell
  •  Kustar Matryoshka and Valday Bell
  •  Kustar Matryoshka and Valday Bell
  •  Kustar Matryoshka and Valday Bell

Kustar Matryoshka and Valday Bell. An unusual "kustar" piece that holds a small Valday metal bell. The doll has been enhanced with a hand lettered label that reads in Russian: "Колокольчик Дар Валдая" (Small bell a Gift of Valday). Another hand made label that is the coat of arms of the town has been applied to the back of the doll. 4" in height. Uncommon and unusual, we have only one.

Cottage industry "kustar" workers (Кустарная промышленность) was important for rural peasants and their families in parts of Russia starting in the 16th century and developed extensively during the 19th century, producing a wide range of arts and crafts in wood, textile, and metal. Some of the more enterprising formed cooperatives. These vintage and antique items are highly sought after these days.

Valday (Валда́й) is a town in Novgorod Oblast and is about 240 miles from Moscow. It was first mentioned in a chronicle in 1495. A museum dedicated to the Valdai Bell opened in 1995 in the former Church of St. Catherine. This church was built in the 1790s and is attributed to the polymath Nikolay Lvov. Bell-making is intrinsic to Valdai history, when church bells of all sizes as well as small harness bells were made.
Ringing bells were integral to rural life. They called people to church and determined the time to pray, grieve, work and rest. Bells drove away evil and were called upon to heal.

SKU: ND-K11
$60.00

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