Family. Family was always important in Russia. Relatives are close to one another and help each other in times of need. When the Soviet Union collapsed into today's Russia, the interdependence of family, including extended family, was of utmost importance. Aunts, uncles and especially grandparents play a big role in raising children and most often live with the nuclear family.
Which is why Family Nesting dolls are a common theme. This doll, made in 1993 and signed by the artist, even has the word семья (i.e., family) written at the base of he first doll. And what a family it is! The grandfather carries a teapot and bagels, babushka a samovar and bowl, an Orthodox priest with Easter eggs, a blacksmith and a daughter carrying two green sacks. The artist's choice of characters is very impressive. Nicely painted with many colors. 7" down to 1¾". From a private collection. 1 only, as shown.