This rare and unique political nesting doll set (matryoshka) is like a history lesson in miniature. The first and largest doll is George Bush Sr. The second is the past Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl. The next two are Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union. And the very smallest doll is Boris Yeltsin of Russia.
This was handcrafted in the USSR, but since listing this item, the sticker that said as much has gone missing. It is hand turned from linden wood and then hand painted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer. The largest doll measures 7" tall and has a 3 1/2" diameter. The smallest doll measures 1 3/4" tall x 3/4" wide.
The whole set is in fantastic condition. There is one tiny chip on the head of Mrs. Gorbachev (see photo). The detail and craftsmanship is amazing.
It is a wonderful Russian traditional souvenir. Painted multi-piece "matryoshka" has become the symbol of Russian national art. An entertaining variation of the classic. This little parade of past political leaders deserves a place on your shelf!
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