Gold and Green Christmas Tree Matryoshka (Three-Piece)
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Beautiful hand-painted Christmas tree in the form of a nesting doll -- with Father Frost and a snowman hiding inside!
Measures 7" tall and 2 1/2" in diameter.
Beginning in the Soviet Union, most Russians will put up a holiday tree at the end of December to celebrate the New Year.
The name matryoshka, literally "little matron," is a diminutive form of the Russian first name "Matryona" (Матрёна) or "Matryosha.” The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890 by craftsman and carver Vasily Zvyozdochkin, from a design created by Sergey Malyutin, a folk craft painter at Abramtsevo. The doll began to appear in a number of late Imperial children’s craft and education programs, which is why it is traditionally thought of as a toy.