About Vintage Russian Nesting Dolls
Charming, traditional, and artistic, vintage Russian nesting dolls are some of the world's best-selling souvenirs. Known as the matryoshka or babushka, a set is typically comprised of five dolls, but some have more; the 10-piece Russian nesting dolls are the most collected and sought after. Traditionally a woman, this doll has the distinctive feature of opening its body into two parts. Inside, there is another doll, a little smaller, and inside the latter, another one, and so on. The last doll is always tiny, and does not open. Made of polished, light-resistant timber, nesting Russian dolls have several possible meanings, the main one being the symbol of motherhood and fertility. The traditional matryoshka is wearing a peasant dress and a shawl around her head but craftsmen create the dolls in many different forms, shapes, and themes. You can find a wide selection of Russian nesting doll sets on eBay, from traditional Russian works of art to modern themes.