Vintage Mordva (Мордовия) Matryoshka Nesting Doll. Unusual USSR matryoshka doll. The Russian language paper insert states that the label was printed in 1992. However, the doll was made a year or two earlier by the Meltsansky Wood Works. This type of doll was known for a while by the acronym "DOK" (as in "dock") dolls. Excellent condition, touch of wear due to age. 5" to 1 ¼". 1 only, as shown.
The Republic of Mordovia (also known as Mordvinia) is today a federal republic of Russia (since 1994). When this doll was made Mordovia had been part of the Soviet Union since the 1930's and was known as Mordovian Autonomous Socialist Soviet Republic (Mordovian ASSR). The republic is located in the eastern part of Russia. The Mordvins are predominantly Christian and are related to the Mari and the Finns.