The Life of Christ. This beautiful matryoshka begins with the birth of Christ. His Mother lays him in the manger while St. Joseph looks on. Behind them a cow peeks out. The second doll depicts the Magi worshiping the Child, the third shows the Holy Family leaving on a donkey, on the fourth is a depiction of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple (Candlemas), the fifth shows Jesus as a young man instructing the elders, the sixth is the Baptism of Christ and the seventh depicts the Holy Face. On the back of the first doll is a lit candle and a small fir tree with flowers, a snowflake and a globe ornament. Each subsequent doll is painted on the back with flowers. The pieces are covered with a glossy lacquer finish. Fully hand painted and signed by the artist: V. Suslova, Moscow, 1993. 7 nest, 6" down to 1". 1 only.