There are 7 dolls in the nest. The scenes from the Russian fairy tale are depicted on the dolls.
The moral of this fairytale is the importance of keeping your wits about you and not losing your head. Masha was a little girl who lost her way in the forest and was captured by a bear. As Masha was a very good cook and housewife, the bear did not let her leave the house. One day, Masha made some tasty pies and asked the bear if it would take them to her grandmother. The bear agreed and Masha climbed into the basket of pies. The bear went into the forest, but while it was on its way it decided to eat one of the pies. Fearing that she would be discovered, Masha called out: "How dare you eat someone else's pies!" The bear was so frightened that it dropped the basket and run away.
The tallest doll is
8 1/4", the smallest - 1"
In work the artists used tempera with egg emulsion and fine polecat brushes. Very calm and bright paints including gold are used. All the drawings of this item are made by the real artist so delicate and subtle, that as a whole the doll is just breathtaking! The colors are very bold and come from a diverse palette. The artist uses gold and aluminum paint to add detail and add light to the scene. This brings out the intricacy of the work and shows the skill, and steady hand, of the artist.