Wolf Hunting with Dogs (Охота на волков с собаками). The dogs have pinned the wolf! A knife blade reflects the autumn sun, but only for an instant as it's drawn from its sheath... This simply breathtaking masterpiece of miniature painting begins in full stride -- the intensity and chaos of a wolf hunt is captured on the very first doll! There are ninety Borzois and forty-five horses expertly hand painted on this 20-piece set. The smallest doll is half the size of baby's fingernail and painted with the colors of the Russian flag -- white, blue and red. Each of four antecedent dolls to it reveal tiny, spectacularly detailed Borzois. Earth tones and autumn colors skillfully blend as the chase moves from one doll to the next. A masterpiece by Oksana Sledkova. 20 nested, 12" tall, 6" diameter. One only. Excellent condition.
From Wikipedia: "Wolves were hunted in both Czarist and Soviet Russia with borzoi by landowners and Cossacks. Covers were drawn by sending mounted men through a wood with a number of dogs of various breeds, including deerhounds, staghounds and Siberian wolfhounds, as well as smaller greyhounds and foxhounds, as they made more noise than borzoi. A beater, holding up to six dogs by leash, would enter a wooded area where wolves would have been previously sighted. Other hunters on horseback would select a place in the open where the wolf or wolves may break. Each hunter held one or two borzois, which would be slipped the moment the wolf takes flight. Once the beater sighted a wolf, he would shout "Loup! Loup! Loup!" and slip the dogs. The idea was to trap the wolf between the pursuing dogs and the hunters on horseback outside the wood. The borzois would pursue the wolf along with the horsemen and yapping curs. Once the wolf was caught by the borzois, the foremost rider would dismount and quickly dispatch the wolf with a knife."