The opinion that Matryoshka is an originally Russian ancient toy is unfortunately only a myth. The first Russian Matryoshka was made and painted at one of the Moscow workshops in the end of XIX century according to the sample brought from Japan. The Japanese sample, which was made with a good sense of humor, represented several figures of Japanese wise man Fukuruma which were placed into each other.
The first Russian Matryoshka represented a group of children: eight dolls depicted children of different ages – from a teenage girl with a cock in her hands to a baby in diapers’.
First Matryoshkas were very expensive, therefore they gained more popularity among grown ups rather than children. Usually, Matryoshka represented Russian girls and women in traditional sun dresses and wearing scarves, with a basket of flowers or a loaf of bread in their hands. In the beginning of the XX century Matryoshka became very popular abroad as a souvenir from Russia, especially in Germany and France.
Nowadays the most popular and the best known is Matryoshka made of five dolls. However, you can also find one, consisting of three, seven, eight or fifteen dolls. And this is not the limit – in 1913 there was made a doll consisting of 48 parts.
You can try to paint your own doll using different ornaments – Chinese, Arabic or Northern ones. Though it is very hard and time consuming, you can be sure that your Matryoshka is the only one in the whole world.
Note by WanWan: By the way, according to "Julian calendar" today is "Old New Year" @Russia。
Happy New Year to Zhenya, Shtelbaums, Zhenya’s Mom-Svetlana, Zhenya’s Granny and Zhenya’s Brother <333
Happy New Year to EVERY ONE!!!
Remark: 中譯裡的那張照片是我房間裡的一組俄羅斯娃娃，是在日本京都買的，招財貓。所以叫它 "俄羅斯娃娃" 好像也不對，呵呵。
the photo in this section is my Matryoshka doll in my room which I bought in Kyoto，Japan。It’s "The Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat)"。So called it "my Matryoshka doll" seems not right。