Bathhouse Maidens (Банная Дева). Before 1991, censorship in the Soviet Union was an absolute condition. After all, full control is the key to communist nation. When Gorbachev appeared on the scene, suddenly "glasnost", i.e., openness, was celebrated, and, among the many other achievements, specifically made this playfully risque doll available. The artist, Tatiana Kolcheva, was one of the first to explore the newly liberated themes, such as mild nudity on a matryoshka doll. This set is completely hand painted and finished with a shiny lacquer. (And the green bars in the photos are not present on the actual dolls - see the last pic for the uncensored version.) Signed by the artist and dated 1991, Moscow. 6½", 5 nest. A couple left.