The Perfect Nesting Doll That You Wish Was Yours

In recent years there have been several variations around Chekhov’s “The Seagull”. Here is one from “The 3 sisters”. A trio assembled, in all likelihood, in a psychiatric institution is fascinated by the play of the Russian author. Their obsession is embodied through interplaying games, as if each of them was one of the dramatist’s heroines. When you think of how to make a Russian nesting doll costume, then you will have to keep in mind the different aspects linked with the dolls. The Sexual Undertone

From the outset, there is a distancing mechanism since it is a man, Francesco Italiano, who interprets one of them in a disturbing sexual ambiguity. This ambiguity extends the global one of these people who seek an identity through a theatrical text while they are in mental disruption. Especially since the dramatic game is located, initially, in this complex reality because, in the theater, it is human beings who take care of personalities out of the pen of a writer. And that, therefore, they remain themselves with their own name on the poster while being, during the performance of a performance, someone else who speaks through their mouths and acts in their actions. The Games with the Dolls

As in the nesting dolls, this Russian game of dolls nested in each other, the representation continues to oscillate from one level of perception to another, sometimes in a subtle way, sometimes in a complex way. It is because, apart from the actors’ identity problems, their Chekhovian and psychoanalytic roles, other themes emerge which reveal other areas for reflection: the sexual obsession, the fundamental difficulty of relations with others and of communication with one’s fellow men, the work to be done on oneself in order to endorse a fictional personality.

The acting is pushed far: In Fiction

He tries to identify the multiplicity of feelings, emotions, trial and error of the trio, including the utopian desire to realize Chekhov’s piece by playing alone the original eleven protagonists. In addition to the content of the replicas, the intellectual pleasure of the viewer is the decoding he accomplishes to move from one perception to another by disentangling what belongs to people, characters, the original author, the additions of the interpreters. He then participates in a rich lesson in theater: entanglement of drama, humor, interrogation. Even, if the whole does not escape a few superfluous lengths.

nesting dolls – perhaps the most famous Russian toy. What is the secret of its popularity? Where is her homeland? And how did the wooden painted doll become a unique cultural phenomenon?

nesting dolls appeared in the mid-90s of the XIX century, between 1893 and 1896. And it cost from 6 to 8 rubles apiece. Over the years, its price fell to 35 kopecks, which indicates the beginning of the mass commercial release of toys.

Popularity Pick

Surprisingly, at first the nested doll was not as popular as it is now. She was among a number of similar products “Russian style”.

At the root of the creation of the first nesting dolls was the Mamontov family. The brother of the philanthropist and his wife Marina Alexandrovna – held a workshop in Moscow with the store “Children’s Education”, where the new toy appeared.

Thanks to the bright painting, the nesting dolls suddenly became a souvenir toy and a visiting card of the country. The Mammoth workshop was no longer able to handle orders from abroad. The shop was bought and built its branch in Sergiev Posad. Already in 1911 there are 21 names of nesting dolls.

What to say about the present tense. Nesting dolls can be found everywhere. True, from the old times only form remained. If you’d like to check out a collection of traditional design of nesting dolls, visit

How do legends come about?

Not from scratch, of course. Some starting point is always there, but … There is an inaccuracy, there is an amendment. And embellishment – where do without it? So the truth is distorted in front of everyone, and a hundred rumors spread the fiction around the world. And now she is dressed in ceremonial clothes, and if you are a witness three times, you will not dare to challenge the ingrained opinion. It happens in a different way. In a series of days and worries it is difficult to notice the seemingly insignificant facts, such everyday and frivolous. And after years (a lot is seen at a distance), people’s memories intersect so oddly and strangely (and sometimes they don’t intersect at all), that it’s no longer possible to determine who is right and who is not very good.

At first glance, everything in the history of nesting dolls seems to be simple and clear. Appeared in the late 19th century, invented it Russian thimblesthe artist Malyutin, turned the turner Zvezdochkin in the workshop “Children’s education” of Mamontov, served as a prototype for the Japanese sage Fukurum. But make no mistake, lovers of Russian folk art, any of the above facts can be challenged. Are you surprised? This also seems strange to me, since not much time has passed.

But let’s start in order. Occurrence. Nobody knows the exact date, sometimes the appearance of nesting dolls dates back to 1893-1896, because these dates have been established according to reports and reports of the Moscow provincial district council. In one of such reports for 1911, N. D. Bartram writes that the nesting doll came into being about 15 years ago, and in 1913 in a report to the Handicraft Council, he reports that the first nesting doll was created 20 years ago. That is, to rely on such approximate messages is quite problematic, so in order to avoid mistakes, the end of the 19th century is usually called, although there is a mention in 1900, when the nesting dolls won recognition at the World Exhibition in Paris, and orders for its production appeared abroad.

The Artist: Last Talk

Now about the artist Malyutin. All researchers, without saying a word, call him the author of the sketch of the doll. But the sketch itself is not in the artist’s legacy. There is no evidence that the artist has ever made this sketch. Moreover, the turner Zvezdochkin attributes the honor of inventing the doll itself, without mentioning Malyutin at all. About the star Zvezdochkino: here, perhaps, the only undisputed character who took part in this confusing story. Indisputable, speak? Uh, no, recently in one solid magazine I was surprised to read about the turner Zvezdochetove (!), As if she was cleaning the doll. But we will take it as a funny thing. Now the workshop “Children’s education”. Sometimes it is called a shop owned by MA Mamontova or A.I. Mamontov, or S.I. Mamontov. Well, and finally, Fukurum. Zvezdochkin does not mention him, but only tells about what I saw once in the magazine “suitable chock”. Where did the wooden folding god Fukurum then come from, supposedly brought either from Japan or from Paris, unknown by whom (mass options)? Yes, our cute nesting dolls are not so simple, she, like a real beautiful lady, is full of mysteries. Let’s try to solve them.