This large matryoshka features the most renowned cathedrals of the Russian Orthodox Empire. On the backs of the dolls you'll find the name of the cathedral, location, as well as the primary dates of construction.
The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (St. Basil's Cathedral), Moscow, 1555-1561
The Cathedral of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin, Moscow, 1475-1479
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, 1883-1907
The Assumption Cathedral, Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, Sergiyev Posad, 1559-1585
The Ipatiev Monastery, Kostroma, 16th Century
St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, 1818-1858
Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine, 1011-1031
The Church of the Transfiguration of our Lord, Kizhi Island, Karelia, 1708
The Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Petersburg, 1712-1733
The Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl River, 1153
Prince Vladimir of Kiev, who Christianized Russia, 958-1015
The smallest doll features an Orthodox cross.
This remarkable doll was produced at the Golden Cockerel workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia, using decoupaged images on a hand-painted background. The doll is stamped with the Golden Cockerel logo and hand dated on the bottom.
Production Techniques: Hand Painting/ Decoupage. This nesting doll was carved in the Upper Volga region, the Russian center of nesting doll carving. The carved pieced were assembled, doll inside a doll, then delivered to the Golden Cockerel workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia. Our artists first hand paint the background, then apply various detailed elements, such as faces, which we print on a very thin vinyl adhesive. Such elements are reproduced original works of art we make specifically for nesting doll design. It is the artist’s magic brush that blends the two forms of artwork together into a unified piece. Finally we baptize each doll in multiple layers of non-toxic water-based lacquer to make a marvelous matryoshka that will delight children and collectors. The bottom of the largest doll gets stamped with Golden Cockerel’s “Made in Russia” mark of nesting doll quality, initialed by the artist, and dated like a true collectible. We can only hope you will give it a good home.