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Political Nesting Dolls

Political Nesting Dolls. Hand painted in Russia during the last 25 years.
Political dolls were affectionately called "Gorby" dolls and were all the rage from 1988 to around 2000. You could not be a tourist in Russia and then not come home with one or two of them. And here is a key difference: before the appearance of stickers and silk screen images, these early dolls were all hand painted, some in extraordinary detail and with a great variety of interpretations. Very few were signed due lingering fear of political retribution, but now and then an artist would go out on a limb for his work. There was one importer in the early 1990s who would sign his name to dolls!. The styles of painting are as varied as politics itself. Only one of each shown.

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    Gorbachev and Comrades Matryoshka Doll

    Gorbachev and Comrades Matryoshka Doll

    Gorbachev with Communist Leaders. Most of the the early "Gorby" (an mildly affectionate name for "Gorbachev") dolls were made by talented amateurs in the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev transformed the USSR by unleashing a pair of political, and...

    $45.00 $35.00
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    Gorbachev and State Emblem Matryoshka Doll

    Gorbachev and State Emblem Matryoshka Doll

    Gorbachev with State Emblem and Communist Leaders. Most of the the early "Gorby" (the warmhearted term for Gorbachev) dolls were made by talented amateurs in the Soviet Union in the mid to late 1980's through the end of the 1990's. This one is a somewhat...

    $60.00 $49.95
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    Gorbachev Matryoshka Doll [7pc]

    Gorbachev Matryoshka Doll [7pc]

    Gorbachev and Communist Leaders. Most of the the early "Gorby" (the warmhearted term for Gorbachev) dolls were made by talented amateurs in the Soviet Union in the mid to late 1980's through the end of the 1990's. This one is a somewhat more unusual set...

    $89.00 $75.00
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  • Police Matryoshka (satire)

    Police Matryoshka (satire)

    Satirical caricature of the "secret" police (KGB, NKVD) as gangsters (especially the last piece). Snarling attack dog, walkie-talkie, classic pistols and guns, and cheap vodka with a shot glass. Very unusual in our experience. Hand made and painted in...

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