MARYANA. Air and weightless!
Absence of the bright paints and spangles does not make this Russian nesting doll less attractive than its girl-friends. The fine, light pattern burned out by the hand of the master, makes Mariana unique in its kind.
The Russian nesting doll is executed with the method of burning out and toning with the burned sienna. It is covered with the wax for protection against moisture. Height of the first doll is 12,5 cm, height of the last doll is 3!!! mm
In the nineties of XIX-th century A.Mamontova has brought to the Moscow toy workshop "Children's education" from Japan a figure of the good-natured bald old man - the wise man Fukurum. It was made as the small figures nested one in another.
In due time the Russian nesting dolls turned Sergiev Posad into the «toy capital». It happened before the revolution, but even today the skilled craftsmen can please us with the skillfully made toys. The known factory of toys produces the classical Zagorsk Russian nesting dolls, besides, there are a lot of the masters working in the city.
Birch is the even white-trunked light tree giving the transparent shade, decorating at any season any rural view, enjoys special love in Russia. Since old years the birch was the image of Russia. The simple and touching beauty of the birch imparts it the high esthetic value.