SERGIEV POSAD MATRYOSHKA
provincial Russia before the revolution the name Matryona or Matriyosha
was a very popular female name. It was derived from the Latin root
'mater' which means 'mother'. This name was associated with the image
of a mother of a big family who was very healthy and had a portly
figure. Subsequently, it became a symbolic name and was used specially
to describe brightly painted wooden dolls made in such a way that
they could be taken apart to reveal smaller dolls fitting inside on
first nesting dolls of Sergiev Posad portrayed this special beauty:
young girls dressed in Russian sarafans carrying baskets, scythes,
bunches of flowers or dressed in winter short fur coats and scarves.
This particular matryoshka is an exclusive example of a Sergiev Posad
style married with a highly professional portrait painting.