This was made by Zaitseva L. We looked for Liudmila Zaitseva but she is famous for other reasons, not as a maker of nesting dolls. On the bottom (pic # 2) it says in Russian: "Made in Russia", Artist Zaitseva L. " and "10m, which we suppose means the total of dolls is 10.
The artwork is outstanding: our pics do not do justice to is. The largest doll is 7 1/2" tall and 5" across and the widest point. The smallest doll sits on top of a penny on pic # 8 so you can compare: it is tiny. The penny also appears on pic # 11. If you need other pics let us know.The dolls are made of turned wood, as seen on pic # 12. The story depicted in the dolls, from the first scene on the big one to the miniature doll # 10, is the Russian version of the fairy tale known as "The Frog Princess". From Wikipedia, the Russian version runs like this. In the Russian versions of the story, Prince Ivan and his two older brothers shoot arrows in different directions to find brides. The other brothers' arrows land in the houses of the daughters of an aristocratic and wealthy.
Ivan's arrow lands in the mouth of a frog in a swamp, who turns into a princess at night. The Frog Princess, named Vasilisa the Wise, is a beautiful, intelligent, friendly, skilled girl who was forced to spend 3 years in a frog's skin for disobeying. Her final test may be to dance at the king's banquet. The Frog Princess sheds her skin, and the prince then burns it, to her dismay. Had the prince been patient, the Frog Princess would have been freed but instead he loses her.
He then sets out to find her again and meets with. Whom he impresses with his spirit, asking why she has not offered him hospitality. She tells him that Koschei is holding his bride captive and explains how to find the magic needle needed to rescue his bride. In another version, the prince's bride flies into Baba Yaga's hut as a. The prince catches her, she turns into a.And he cannot hold on. Baba Yaga rebukes him and sends him to her sister, where he fails again. However, when he is sent to the. Sister, he catches her and no. Can break her free again. The item "Lacquer Matryoshka RUSSIAN Nesting Dolls 10 pcs The Frog Princess By L. ZAITSEVA" is in sale since Friday, October 4, 2019.
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