The Little Round Bun, aka Kolobok (Колобок). This well-known (see below) story-driven doll unfolds with the central picture of the grandparents and the Kolobok emerging from the oven on the first doll. As the most important animal in the story, the fox is painted on the second doll dressed in a green sarafan. The bunny, wolf and bear each follow in turn, and the smallest tow dolls are individuals reflective of the preceeding larger ones. Each face is enhanced with powdered pink blush. By Nadezhda Malysheva (Надежда Малышева) and signed Khotkovo, Russia (Хотьково, Россия). Watercolors and acrylics. Painted in the 1990's.
The story of the The Little Round Bun is analogous to The Little Gingerbread Boy. In Russian, "kolo" means round and "bok" means "side". The sole purpose of Kolobok's existence is not to be eaten. After being created in the oven by the kindly old couple, Kolobok springs to life and rolls off the table and out the door. He meets several animals in the forest, including a bear, a wolf, a bunny and a fox, while always singing one simple refrain: "I got away from Grandmother, I got away from Grandfather, and I will certainly get away from you." After eluding all the animal's their clutches, in the end it is the sly fox who gets the better of Kolobok by praising his singing and pretending deafness.
Hand made and painted in Russia. 7" down to 1¼". Excellent condition. 1 only.