Uzhgorod Maidens Nesting Doll (Ужгородские девушки). Three-nested doll make in 1989 at the Uzhgorodsky Mekhanichesky Zavod (Ужгородский механический завод). Like new condition, touch of wear at opening of first doll. Has the paper label in Russian. An unusual doll from an area with a rich history. 3 nest, 4" to 2".
Uzhhorod or Uzhgorod (Ужгород) is a city located in western Ukraine, at the border with Slovakia and near the border with Hungary. Early Slavs were some of the city founders, including White Croats, who settled the area in the second half of the first millennium AD. During the 16–17th centuries there were many handicraft production centers in Uzhhorod. In 1910, the city was predominantly Magyar with Slovaks, Germans, Rusyns and Czechs sprinkled in. After WWI, the area known as Subcarpathia became part of the Republic of Czechoslovakia with Uzhgorod as administrative center of the Slovak half of the Czechoslovak state. In 1938, Uzhgorod was returned to Hungary and reverted to Ungvar. During WWII, the inhabitants of the city suffered tremendous losses due at the onset of German occupation and at the end Ukrainian Red Army occupation. After the war, Subcarpathian Ukraine was annexed by the Soviet Union and became a westernmost part of the Ukrainian SSR and the center of Zakarpatska oblast. Since 1991 Uzhhorod has become one of 24 regional capitals within Ukraine. Hard to believe that this little nesting doll was preceded by all this history!
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