St. Basil Cathedral (Собор Василия Блаженного) Art Matryoshka Doll. A Russian church extravaganza! The first three dolls all have a variation of St. Basil's Cathedral (see below). The next few are similarly done with many cupolas that imply the great monasteries of Russia. The last doll has a cross on the front. Each piece has intricate an intricate design on the back and the first piece has an unreal amount of work on it. All of the enhancements - the woodburning, painting, and potal were done by the hand of the artist. (Potal (Поталь) is a form of gold foil decoration that imitates gilding. There are no shortcuts involved. Dated 1993 and "Сергиев Посад (Sergiev Posad). Unknown artist. 10 nest, 9¼ to ¾". Excellent condition. 1 only, as shown.