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.