Mordva (Мордовия) Matryoshka Nesting Doll. An unusual small Mordva doll. This doll was made sometime between from 1985-1989. The doll was probably made by the Meltsansky Wood Works. Like new condition, 3 nest, 3" to 1¼".
The Republic of Mordovia, or Mordvinia, has been a federal republic of Russia since 1994. When this doll was made - in the late 1980's - 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.