The Russian folk fairy tale is about the Granddad who has planted the turnip bur it has grown so big that he could nit pick it. He asked Grandmom for help, they failed, asked the Granddaughter to help, she invited the Dog , the dog asked the Cat and only with the help of the little Mouse the took the turnip from the ground.
There are 5 figures of similar beautiful Russian girls with scenes from the fairy taledepicted on their clothes. They are dressed in traditional Russian sarafans (woman's dress) and very beautiful headcrsves with golden foil on them. The tallest one is 6", the smallest - 1 1/2".
This exceptional HAND PAINTED ART Nesting Doll was created out of birch wood in Russia. Bigger figure opens up to fit the smaller one inside it. It takes a lot of time to make these dolls. The tree was cut in spring, stripped of its bark leaving a few rings to prevent the wood from cracking when dried. The logs were dried and kept in the open for several years. The logs are then cut in smaller pieces. All the operations do not involve any measurement and rely on intuition and require great skill. After the turning work on a lathe is done the dolls are cleaned, primed with starchy glue to make its surface smooth, polished and now are ready for painting. After having been hand-painted they are dried for several days. Then the dolls are ready for the lacquer to be applied. Many different coats are needed to give the doll the brilliant shine. The dolls are covered with 6 or 7 layers of lacquer.
This is a unique collectable item executed with a great skill. It's a great way to start or enrich your own collection or to delight someone special with a wonderful gift.