This beautiful 5-piece doll was especially made for Gail Buyske's children's book How the Russian Snow Maiden Helped Santa Claus. The doll is even carved in a special form. The largest doll is the Snow Maiden herself, holding her beloved nesting doll. Next come Santa Claus, a snow man, Christmas tree, and a rectangular gift. The stacking doll brings Buyske's book to life by allowing your child to reenact the Snow Maiden's adventure again and again. A wonderful addition to any collection all on its own, or paired with the book. Do you have any of our other book and nesting doll sets? The dolls and books make a lovely pairing, and continue to enjoy great popularity. To view the book and nesting doll set check the item #001406-S.
Production Techniques: Hand Painting. This nesting doll was carved in the Upper Volga region, the Russian center of nesting doll carving. The carved pieces were assembled, doll inside a doll, and then delivered to the Golden Cockerel workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia. Our artists painstakingly hand paint every detail, beginning with backgrounds and moving to the finer elements that require a brush of very select Siberian squirrel hair. It is daunting to think of the time and talent invested in each of the nesting pieces! 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.