Puppy and Friends (Щенок, Козлик и Колобок). Another of our fully hand painted set of dolls. Each little critter painting is inspired by Russian children's book illustrations. An adorable brown puppy with a red collar carries a bouquet of daisies in its mouth. Behind the puppy is a pastoral scene with a colorful red "izbushka" (hut). A cute goatling munches a leaf on the second doll while tiny dragonflies fly about the meadow. The last, and most interesting doll, shows the fox and the little round bun "negotiating". For those unfamiliar, the Little Gingerbread Boy is an analogous tale to the Little Round Bun. This elegant matryoshka is one-of-a-kind. It is not a standard tourist doll sold throughout Russia, nor is it a "decal" doll which can be purchased throughout flea markets in Russia. Each piece is fully painted and uses all the available space up to, and including, the very bottoms. Finished with several coats of crystal-clear lacquer. Designed and signed by the artist circa 2000. 3 nest, 3½" to 1½". We have only one.