Thursday, April 8, 2010

From Russia With Love

Hello, Dear Ones! Are you a collector? I have to confess I've been a collector of many different things through my olden years! :) Well, in the late 1970s, you know the time of polyester and disco dancing, I took a tiny trip to Copenhagen, Denmark and another little collection was started.

Update below:
Matryoskha dolls.

Dear Ones, I have an update on my post. I have just found out that one of our blogging friends hosts a party every Wednesday called "Show Off Your Collections" at Parisienne Farmgirl.
So I just had to join the party. Now I'm not sure how long she's been hosting this party but if you would love to show Blogland some of your collections, please think of her and plan on doing it on Wednesdays! I believe we should help each other out with parties, don't you? Well, pop on over to see her and tell her I sent you. She is showing her collections of chandys and man, does she have some lovely ones.


So sweet. So cute. So childlike. Hey, I'm olden but I'm very childlike. Did you know that? :)

All are wearing scarves on their tiny heads. Well, painted on scarves.

These little 'nesting dolls' were made in Russia! The above picture is a bit fuzzy, but this is a paper sticker on the bottom of one my doll sets. Most have been stamped 'USSR' but this one is the only one I have that has the paper sticker on the bottom.

Here is a photo of the stamp. Oops! I took a bad picture and it's even missing the 'U"! I suppose the stamper was in a hurry! ;)

What nice posture these little dolls have.


Do these groups of dolls remind you of anything? Why of course they do! Mommies! Okay, now this leads me to the perfect spot to tell you the story of Matryoshka Dolls!


Matryoshkas are a set of dolls of decreasing sizes placed on the inside of the other! My first glimpse of these little cuties was when my son used to watch Sesame Street and these little dolls would dance around hopping in and out of each other teaching young ones to count. Oh, I got side tracked, on with the story...

The name "Matryoshka" is from a word that is closely related to the word "Mother". The name was associated with the image of a mother of a big family who was very healthy and had a portly (don't cha love that word) figure - in other words, she was rather fat! ;)

These dolls are considered to be a symbol of motherhood and fertility. A mother doll with lots of doll-children inside her! If you look closely at the dolls you'll see a line across her middle - this is where you pull the doll apart and there is another one hiding inside. Peek a boo - I see you! :) Take a look at the tiny tiny baby. Some of the last dolls are so tiny that I'm really surprised I've never lost one!


Every set of dolls is hand carved and hand painted. Some are painted very simply like these while other sets are decorated with Russian fairy tales. Some even tell entire stories.

The set on the left was my very first ones that I bought in Copenhagen. These two sets are painted in the very traditional village look with red, black and a touch of yellow.


It was rather hard to get a good picture of some of these. They're very very shiny and the glare made it hard to get a good shot. These are painted very simply.


Notice, all the dolls have the traditional scarf wrapped around her little head! This set is painted to show snow in the evening.


You don't have to go to Russia to purchase Matryoshkas. I've found them in many different countries. These precious little ones I found in Florence, Italy painted with different scenes of agriculture and the seasons.


Look at a close up of this little lovely's face! Isn't she sweet? Again, they are lacquered so heavily! Do you think it would help with the shine, if little Mother powdered her most tiny nose? ;0

A friend brought this little red set to me from India. Now they weren't made in Russia. So there are impostors in Matryoshkas just like they are in Bathroom Divas! ;)

But with a beautiful little face like this...I had to include them in my collection.


Here are my little silly faced ones and they're painted very flowery.


I think this is my favorite set of Matryoshka dolls. We bought these in the Czech Republic. Maybe I like them so much because Mr. Precious thinks they look like me! You know what? Do you think Mr. Precious thinks I look like a cartoon!!


Oh, but she's so beautiful and painted so elaborately! I'm sure this is what he sees and thinks of moi! :)

You may wonder where I keep all my little Matryoshkas! I keep them in my "Edra" cabinet (another piece of furniture which I've given a name) at the top of the stairs on the landing...for now. They do move around a bit. Next week I may have them sitting somewhere else.


I certainly hoped you've enjoyed seeing my Russian Matryoshka Dolls.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Back in the U.S.S.R.

Flew in from miami beach b.o.a.c.,
didn't get to bed last night
On the way the paper bag was on my knee,
man I had a dreadful flight
I'm back in the ussr,
you don't know how lucky you are boy
Back in the ussr
Been away so long I hardly new the place,
gee it's good to be back home
Leave it til tomorrow to unpack my case,
honey disconnect the phone
I'm back in the ussr,
you don't know how lucky you are boy
Back in us, back in the us, back in the ussr
Well, the ukraine girls really knock me out,
they leave the west behind
And moscow girls make me sing and shout
That georgias always on my mi-mi-mi-mi-mind
I'm back in the ussr,
you don't know how lucky you are boy
Back in us, back in the us,
back in the ussr
Well, the ukraine girls really knock me out,
they leave the west behind
And moscow girls make me sing and shout
That georgias always on my mi-mi-mi-mi-mind
Show me round your snow peaked mountains way down south
Take me to your daddys car
Let me hear your balalaikas ringing out,
come and keep your comrade warm
I'm back in the ussr,
you dont know how lucky you are boy
Back in the ussr
~sung by Paul McCartney

36 comments:

  1. What a wonderful collection....Wow....I love it....

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  2. That is some serious collection! What a wonderful faces.

    - The Tablescaper

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  3. Wow those are beautiful. What an impressive collection. I love their eyes. I have to agree with Mr. P. That one set does resemble you. My favorites are the flowery ones. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I enjoyed looking at your collection! Beautiful! I have a small tourist set that a friend who lives in Russia gave us years ago. I will have to find it and see how it is stamped.

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  5. I have always loved these...as a little girl, I thought they were just magical! And they are..you sure have a great collection of them..and you do look like that one gal! Come say hi :D

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  6. Dear Shelia,
    I like these!!!
    You've got some really pretty ones and I think your collection is wonderful.
    One of my daughter-in-laws is from Belarus (between Poland and Russia).
    Thank you for sharing your collection and your cabinet is neat.

    Enjoyed seeing your sweet collection.

    Maybe you'd like to share this collection on another site.
    Plez come by HomeHaven...I have a post about another site on there about collections.
    God Bless,
    d

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  7. I have always loved these. You have a wonderful collection. Enjoyed seeing it!

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  8. Love these little dolls. You have a lovely collection.

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  9. I haven't seen those little dolls in ....forever! How cute. You have quite a collection, Shelia...
    :)
    Hugs,
    Mona

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  10. Wow, you have quite a collection there Sheila. We have a couple around the house somewhere but can you believe that I haven't got them on display! I will have to go and find them now you have shown me your lovely dolls.

    Am loving the new pictures on your sidebar-the 3 generations of bathroom beauties is gorgeous! I got some courage and took some pictures of myself in the mirror the other day...I can't wait to show you when you aren't so busy.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  11. What a fabulous collection of these beautiful dolls !! Wow...and they look great in your beautiful red cabinet.
    hugs, bj

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  12. What an incredible collection! These are beautiful! How cool to have something with "USSR" on the back! That is a treasure!

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  13. What a pretty collection! I've always wanted to get some Russian nesting dolls but never have. My daughter was in The Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet three different years at Christmastime and they always had them for sale in the lobby.

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  14. Sheila, that is quite an extensive collection. They are so pretty and I love your displays.

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  15. Hi Shelia, this is such a wonderful collection. They are so colorful and just charming.

    Your grandbaby is toooooo cute for words!

    Hugs, Barb ♥

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  16. Love your collection! WOW! Be blessed. Cindy

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  17. What a wonderful collection to have, Shelia! I am olden but very childlike also. I shall go over and check this other blog you mention. Love to meet new friends.
    Brenda

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  18. I love your collection of the Russian dolls. They are all so different and very beautiful! I really like the intricately painted faces with all of the detail. LOVE those! Thanks for sharing.♥

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  19. Love these little mommas and their babies! Carter will be fascinated with them when she gets older. My kids loved a little set of barrels with a monkey in the middle. Same idea, but these are so much more charming. Sally

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  20. Hi Sheila,
    Your little nesting dolls are precious. I looked at some when we were at the North Pole last weekend but didn't notice if they were from Russia or not. Thanks for sharing your collection with us!
    Valerie

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  21. Sheila, your collection is fascinating. It sounds like you do lots of traveling to keep your eye out for more of your little scarved treasures. So cute!

    Donna

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  22. Shelia darling your Russian dolls and the house they live in (cupboard) are all simply gorgeous. I love the colour of the cupboard, so tomatoey red, lovely darling. I actually own a set of these lovely dolls. The set was handed down to me by an uncle on my dad's side who by chance was born in Russia. He allowed me to play with them as a child and I was fortunate to receive them when he passed. Thanks for the memories you brought back for me.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  23. I've always loved these tiny dolls and you have the best collection I've ever seen...they're wonderful!!! So, I guess there's a lotta little girl in both of us!!!

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  24. Hi Sheila, I do so love these darling dolls. Such beautiful works of art. I have admired them for awhile and have just a couple pieces of that Russian art. The last one you shared are the prettiest ones. Such pretty faces. I agree with Mr. Precious. You have the prettiest face and all of your talents make you a work of art. I mean it.

    Thank you for sharing the collection info. Good to know.

    Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

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  25. That's quite a collection, Shelia. I have some too that I got from Russia but not as much as you have and not as pretty either, just the cheap ones I bought from sidewalk vendors, lol....Christine

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  26. OH MY! Thank you for participating! I LOVE the dolls with the village scenes... well I love all of them.
    Les Poupées Russe! ( At least I think that is how you spell Russian Dolls!)
    I really appreciate you participating! Am following your blog!

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  27. What an amazing collection! You've been hiding this from us!!! Or have I just missed it? I love those sweet faces...I can see why you've collected them. They are darling!
    How's that sweet grandbaby? Spoiled rotten, yet? I know mine will be...when I get one. :-)

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  28. Hello sweet Shelia... I am just crazy about your collection. They are incredible and what memories you have made on your journeys to get them. Just B-E-A-utiful! Have a wonderful day my friend!
    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  29. Hello Sheila~ I've missed my visits, but little by little I'm catching up.
    Although last month was difficult with our loses a new month has brought new hope.
    I poured myself a cup of tea and read a spell. CONGRATULATIONS on the arrival of Carter. She is sure to bring a tremendous amount of joy to your family.

    What a wonderful collection of nesting dolls.
    I was so fortunate to purchase a hand painted miniature nesting doll pin. It's one of my treasured pieces.
    Please stop by, I look forward to the return of your company.

    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  31. Shelia they are just precious! I love the eyes and long eyelashes. Pretty! :)

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  32. What a wonderful collection! We call those scarves babushkas. And they are sometimes called Babushka dolls..
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka_doll

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  33. What a delightful collection of dolls and the painting on them is lovely. I think they are perfect where they are.

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  34. They are so cute! Each of them is a little work of art. Great collection Shelia. laurie

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  35. What a beautiful collection!!! Thanks for telling me about it! I really enjoyed looking at it :)

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