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'Life of Jesus' (set 3, icon style)

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 03:33:00 +0000

Authentic Russian nesting doll displaying scenes from the life of the Lord Jesus, painted in Russian Orthodox iconic style by an icon painter blessed in the Orthodox Church. Size: 7.2 inches (18 cm). Consists of: 7 pieces. Finish: glossy (lacquer). Availability: ships within 7-10 business days. Origin: Russian Federation. As all of our nesting dolls, this set is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 5 layers of crystal clear lacquer to preserve the richness of color for ages. The tallest doll in the set is signed by the artist.
Price: 227.95
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'Russian Aristocracy'

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 02:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 8' Metric: 20 cm Consists of: 7 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 10-15 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 5-7 layers of crystal clear lacquer, and the largest one is signed by artist. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN ARISTOCRACY This nesting doll displays the garments of Russian 18th century aristocracy. The artist has spent a considerable amount of time painting the details of ladies' dresses, doing her best to carry the atmosphere of the 18th century to present day. This is truly one-of-a-kind nesting doll.
Price: 150.30
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'Tender Flowers'

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 01:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 6.4' Metric: 16 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 5-10 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: TENDER FLOWERS As every flower lover knows, flowers have a language of their own. Every sentiment is expressed in one form or another by these fragile blooms. Of course, even the experts disagree on the 'true meaning' of many flowers and most have different meanings to different people. So, while all flowers convey thoughtfulness and love, there are some of the more traditional meanings...
Price: 72.95
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'Festive Gathering in the Streets'

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 00:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 9' Metric: 22-23 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer, and the largest one is signed by artist. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: HOLIDAYS IN RUSSIA For centuries Russians have been known as the people paying great attention to national holidays and festivals. Russian festivities have always been the colorful and the joyous ones. From Shrovetide (Maslenitsa) to Ivan Kupala Day and from Harvest Gathering Holidays to the Magnificent Christmas, each holiday was simultaneously saturated with loud joyfulness and deeper meaning, touching upon the heart, mind and soul of everyone taking part in it. This particular nesting doll brings to you a collage of Russian winter festivals.
Price: 128.95
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'Winter Celebrations'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 23:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 10' Metric: 25 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. This particular one is made in the city of Vladimir. It is first handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: HOLIDAYS IN RUSSIA For centuries Russians have been known as the people paying great attention to national holidays and festivals. Russian festivities have always been the colorful and the joyous ones. From Shrovetide (Maslenitsa) to Ivan Kupala Day and from Harvest Gathering Holidays to the Magnificent Christmas, each holiday was simultaneously saturated with loud joyfulness and deeper meaning, touching upon the heart, mind and soul of everyone taking part in it. This particular nesting doll brings to you a collage of Russian winter festivals.
Price: 148.95
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'Russian Fairy Tale'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 22:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 8' Metric: 20 cm Consists of: 7 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 5-10 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer, and the tallest one is signed by artist. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN FAIRY TALES From happy endings and underdog heroes to helpful talking animals and 'Cinderella stories,' contemporary popular culture testifies to the enduring influence of the fairy tale. Russian fairy tales occupy a prominent place in the world's fairy tale treasury. The importance of Russian fairy tales should never be underestimated. Many of them were written by such literary giant as Alexander Pushkin, while others - being folk tales with no definite 'creation date' - have been told and retold from generation to generations both in Russia and all over the world. The nesting doll before you has been handmade by a Russian artist that loves fairy tales and has pictured scenes from different ones on this gorgeous 7 piece matryoshka.
Price: 90.18
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'Shrovetide'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 21:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 8.8' Metric: 22 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation Product Details As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: SHROVETIDE Russian Shrovetide (Maslenitsa) is an ancient festival dating from pagan times. At first, it was a festival dedicated to the God Volos to celebrate the arrival of spring and the start of work on the land. This festival, originating in people's worship of nature, included various rituals (burning of a straw effigy of Winter, lightening of fires, leaving of festival food on the ancestors' graves, etc) and feasts, the main dish at which was blini. Blini (very similar to thin large pancakes) were made from a thin batter, and they were round and golden like the sun. Later, the Orthodox Church included Shrovetide into the list of its own festivals. Shrovetide had lost its ritual significance and became a purely symbolic festival of seeing off winter and welcoming spring. Blini, on the other hand, are so popular in Russia even nowadays that people make them all year around.
Price: 77.79
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'Maslenitsa'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 20:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 9' Metric: 22-23 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 5-7 layers of crystal clear lacquer, and the largest one is signed by artist. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: SHROVETIDE Russian Shrovetide (Maslenitsa) is an ancient festival dating from pagan times. At first, it was a festival dedicated to the God Volos to celebrate the arrival of spring and the start of work on the land. This festival, originating in people's worship of nature, included various rituals (burning of a straw effigy of Winter, lightening of fires, leaving of festival food on the ancestors' graves, etc) and feasts, the main dish at which was blini. Blini (very similar to thin large pancakes) were made from a thin batter, and they were round and golden like the sun. Later, the Orthodox Church included Shrovetide into the list of its own festivals. Shrovetide had lost its ritual significance and became a purely symbolic festival of seeing off winter and welcoming spring. Blini, on the other hand, are so popular in Russia even nowadays that people make them all year around.
Price: 229.95
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'Collage of Russian Fairy Tales' (set 3)

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 19:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 10' Metric: 25 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation Product Details As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. This particular one is made in the city of Vladimir. It is first handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. The dolls in this set display scenes from a random selection of Russian fairy tales. They are all unified by a tender pastel gamma used by the artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN FAIRY TALES From happy endings and underdog heroes to helpful talking animals and 'Cinderella stories,' contemporary popular culture testifies to the enduring influence of the fairy tale. Russian fairy tales occupy a prominent place in the world's fairy tale treasury. The importance of Russian fairy tales should never be underestimated. Many of them were written by such literary giant as Alexander Pushkin, while others - being folk tales with no definite 'creation date' - have been told and retold from generation to generations both in Russia and all over the world. The nesting doll before you has been handmade by a Russian artist that loves fairy tales and has pictured scenes from different ones on this gorgeous 10 piece matryoshka.
Price: 139.95
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'Favourite Family Pets'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 18:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 7.6'' Metric: 19 cm Consists of: 7 pieces Finish: matte Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation Product Details As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. The whole set has a gentle matte finish. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: PETS ON NESTING DOLLS The tradition of painting pets, birds and poultry on nesting dolls is, actually, as old as the nesting doll itself. The first Russian nesting doll turned by Vassily Zviozdochkin and painted by Sergey Maliutin contained 8 pieces: a girl with a black rooster was followed by a boy and then by a girl again and so on. All figurines were different from each other, the last one was a figurine of a baby wrapped in diaper. Ever since then roosters and other poultry have been often pictured on matryoshka dolls. It is important to emphasize that poultry has always been treated a ''pets'' by both village and town children. Chicks and ducklings are often pictured in the hands of children being in the same nesting doll set with children holding kittens and puppies. The matryoshka doll before you is an excellent example of a ''pets nesting doll''. It will make a wonderful gift to any kid, especially a growing one as it may be used as both a toy and a teaching tool.
Price: 195.40
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'In Banya/Sauna'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 17:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 4.8' Metric: 12 cm Consists of: 7 pieces Finish: matte Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation Product Details As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll has a gentle matte finish. This unique RussianLegacy.com 7 piece 'In Banya/Sauna' nesting doll depicts a large Russian family in a banya. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN SAUNA / BANYA A trip to the Russian baths (banya) can be a memorable experience. The banya begins in the dressing and undressing room, where everyone strips down (public banyas are segregated by sex). Towels in the form of large white sheets are available and most people grab one or two. Warm up in the Finnish-style dry sauna (heated to between 100 and 120 C). Take a small break to cool down and then check out the steam room (parilka), where you can be beaten about the body with dried branches (vennik), usually birch, oak or juniper. Half the people in the parilka will claim there's not enough heat and start calling for someone to throw more water on the hot rocks, while the other half feebly croak 'too much, too much' - the guys who want more steam usually win. This combination of heat, steam, and physical abuse purges your body of impurities and gives you a clean unattainable by mere showers or baths.
Price: 111.51
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'Russian Girls in Red Dresses'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 16:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 9' Metric: 22-23 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 5-10 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN BEAUTY What is a typical old Russian conception of woman's beauty? The ideal of a beautiful woman was considered to be a tall, strong and stately woman with red cheeks, blue eyes and blonde hair. Such women were well-represented by the renowned Russian painter, Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev. Such woman's beauty was also taken as a starting point for original matryoshka making. In 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 another. The 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. The nesting doll before you is another great example of Russian beauty reflected in a matryoshka doll.
Price: 74.95
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'Sergiev Posad. Monastery'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 15:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 9' Metric: 22-23 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 5-7 layers of crystal clear lacquer, and the largest one is signed by artist. Each doll in this beautiful 10 pc set contains a picture of one of the towers or cathedrals of the world-famous Sergiev Posad Monastery. Read the story of the monastery below. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: SERGIEV POSAD (renamed in 1991) ZAGORSK (since 1930) Population: 115,500 (1992) Location: the south of Smolensk-Moscow Hills Foundation: 1345 by Sergius of Radonezh There is an Art Museum and a Museum of Ancient History here. It is a splendid architectural monument of Russian architecture and art, of old Russian painting. The monastery at Sergiev Posad was also a fortress, and during the war with Polish invaders it has withstood a 16-month siege. There are eleven towers in the monastery, two of them with entrance gates. The names of the towers are: the Pyatnitskaya, the Vodyanaya, the Plotnichya, the Utichya, the Red and others. An extremely old Trinity Cathedral is also located here. It was erected in 1422, the year its founder, Sergius of Radonezh, was canonized. In 1744, the monastery became a monastery of the first rank - lavra. Sergiev Posad also has its own Museum of Toys, which was opened in 1918 in Moscow and was later transferred to Sergiev Posad, the birthplace of Russian matryoshka.
Price: 179.95
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'Tiniest Doll' (black)

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 14:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 2.4' Metric: 6 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 5-10 business days Origin: Russian Federation Product Details As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN BEAUTY What is a typical old Russian conception of woman's beauty? The ideal of a beautiful woman was considered to be a tall, strong and stately woman with red cheeks, blue eyes and blonde hair. Such women were well-represented by the renowned Russian painter, Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev. Such woman's beauty was also taken as a starting point for original matryoshka making. In 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 another. The 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. The tiny 'mini' nesting doll before you is another great example of Russian beauty reflected in a matryoshka doll.
Price: 28.95
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'Tiniest Doll' (red)

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 13:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 2.4' Metric: 6 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 5-10 business days Origin: Russian Federation Product Details As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN BEAUTY What is a typical old Russian conception of woman's beauty? The ideal of a beautiful woman was considered to be a tall, strong and stately woman with red cheeks, blue eyes and blonde hair. Such women were well-represented by the renowned Russian painter, Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev. Such woman's beauty was also taken as a starting point for original matryoshka making. In 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 another. The 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. The tiny 'mini' nesting doll before you is another great example of Russian beauty reflected in a matryoshka doll.
Price: 28.95
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'Tiniest Doll' (blue)

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 12:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 2.4' Metric: 6 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 5-10 business days Origin: Russian Federation Product Details As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN BEAUTY What is a typical old Russian conception of woman's beauty? The ideal of a beautiful woman was considered to be a tall, strong and stately woman with red cheeks, blue eyes and blonde hair. Such women were well-represented by the renowned Russian painter, Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev. Such woman's beauty was also taken as a starting point for original matryoshka making. In 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 another. The 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. The tiny 'mini' nesting doll before you is another great example of Russian beauty reflected in a matryoshka doll.
Price: 28.95
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'Winter'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 11:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 7' Metric: 17.5 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: matte Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation Product Details As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll has a tender matte finish, displaying beautiful scenes of traditional Russian winter on them. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN CLIMATE & VISITING RUSSIA Most of Russia has a continental climate the winters are bone chilling and the summers can be boiling. The swings are most extreme in southern and central Siberia, but even in Moscow temperatures can range from -30 to 30 Celsius (-20 to 100 Fahrenheit). The Black Sea coast and its resort communities tend to have the least swing. Late spring, early summer and the fall are good times to visit. During the hot summer months of July and August cities shut down as locals head to the countryside to live off the land at their dachas. In the beginning of September the ballets and the operas start back up and the cities come to life again. (The performing arts season runs from about September to May, although there are occasional shows in the summer, especially during St. Petersburg's White Nights Festival in June.) The first real cold hits Moscow and St. Petersburg sometime in November and there's usually snow on the ground from December through April. If you're prepared for the cold, Russia is often at its most beautiful under a blanket of snow. Winter is also the peak of the theater season and generally has fewer tourists. Steer clear of the mud and slush that covers the country during the spring thaw (April to May) and late fall. Copyright 'The MoscowTimes'
Price: 60.95
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'Russian Winter' (set 2)

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 10:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 8' Metric: 20 cm Consists of: 7 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 5-10 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer, displaying beautiful scenes of traditional Russian winter. The tallest doll is signed by the artist. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN CLIMATE & VISITING RUSSIA Most of Russia has a continental climate the winters are bone chilling and the summers can be boiling. The swings are most extreme in southern and central Siberia, but even in Moscow temperatures can range from -30 to 30 Celsius (-20 to 100 Fahrenheit). The Black Sea coast and its resort communities tend to have the least swing. Late spring, early summer and the fall are good times to visit. During the hot summer months of July and August cities shut down as locals head to the countryside to live off the land at their dachas. In the beginning of September the ballets and the operas start back up and the cities come to life again. (The performing arts season runs from about September to May, although there are occasional shows in the summer, especially during St. Petersburg's White Nights Festival in June.) The first real cold hits Moscow and St. Petersburg sometime in November and there's usually snow on the ground from December through April. If you're prepared for the cold, Russia is often at its most beautiful under a blanket of snow. Winter is also the peak of the theater season and generally has fewer tourists. Steer clear of the mud and slush that covers the country during the spring thaw (April to May) and late fall. Copyright 'The MoscowTimes'
Price: 150.30
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'Russian Winter' (set 1)

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 09:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 8' Metric: 20 cm Consists of: 7 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 5-10 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer, displaying beautiful scenes of traditional Russian winter. The tallest doll is signed by the artist. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN CLIMATE & VISITING RUSSIA Most of Russia has a continental climate the winters are bone chilling and the summers can be boiling. The swings are most extreme in southern and central Siberia, but even in Moscow temperatures can range from -30 to 30 Celsius (-20 to 100 Fahrenheit). The Black Sea coast and its resort communities tend to have the least swing. Late spring, early summer and the fall are good times to visit. During the hot summer months of July and August cities shut down as locals head to the countryside to live off the land at their dachas. In the beginning of September the ballets and the operas start back up and the cities come to life again. (The performing arts season runs from about September to May, although there are occasional shows in the summer, especially during St. Petersburg's White Nights Festival in June.) The first real cold hits Moscow and St. Petersburg sometime in November and there's usually snow on the ground from December through April. If you're prepared for the cold, Russia is often at its most beautiful under a blanket of snow. Winter is also the peak of the theater season and generally has fewer tourists. Steer clear of the mud and slush that covers the country during the spring thaw (April to May) and late fall. Copyright 'The MoscowTimes'
Price: 150.30
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'Winter Stories'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 08:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 10' Metric: 25 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation Product Details As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. This particular one is made in the city of Vladimir. It is first handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer, displaying beautiful scenes of traditional Russian winter. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN CLIMATE & VISITING RUSSIA Most of Russia has a continental climate the winters are bone chilling and the summers can be boiling. The swings are most extreme in southern and central Siberia, but even in Moscow temperatures can range from -30 to 30 Celsius (-20 to 100 Fahrenheit). The Black Sea coast and its resort communities tend to have the least swing. Late spring, early summer and the fall are good times to visit. During the hot summer months of July and August cities shut down as locals head to the countryside to live off the land at their dachas. In the beginning of September the ballets and the operas start back up and the cities come to life again. (The performing arts season runs from about September to May, although there are occasional shows in the summer, especially during St. Petersburg's White Nights Festival in June.) The first real cold hits Moscow and St. Petersburg sometime in November and there's usually snow on the ground from December through April. If you're prepared for the cold, Russia is often at its most beautiful under a blanket of snow. Winter is also the peak of the theater season and generally has fewer tourists. Steer clear of the mud and slush that covers the country during the spring thaw (April to May) and late fall. Copyright 'The MoscowTimes'
Price: 151.95
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'Winter in the Village'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 07:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 10' Metric: 25 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation Product Details As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. This particular one is made in the city of Vladimir. It is first handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer, displaying beautiful scenes of traditional Russian winter. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: RUSSIAN CLIMATE & VISITING RUSSIA Most of Russia has a continental climate the winters are bone chilling and the summers can be boiling. The swings are most extreme in southern and central Siberia, but even in Moscow temperatures can range from -30 to 30 Celsius (-20 to 100 Fahrenheit). The Black Sea coast and its resort communities tend to have the least swing. Late spring, early summer and the fall are good times to visit. During the hot summer months of July and August cities shut down as locals head to the countryside to live off the land at their dachas. In the beginning of September the ballets and the operas start back up and the cities come to life again. (The performing arts season runs from about September to May, although there are occasional shows in the summer, especially during St. Petersburg's White Nights Festival in June.) The first real cold hits Moscow and St. Petersburg sometime in November and there's usually snow on the ground from December through April. If you're prepared for the cold, Russia is often at its most beautiful under a blanket of snow. Winter is also the peak of the theater season and generally has fewer tourists. Steer clear of the mud and slush that covers the country during the spring thaw (April to May) and late fall. Copyright 'The MoscowTimes'
Price: 147.95
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'Quadrille'

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 06:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 6.4' Metric: 16 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 5-10 business days Origin: Russian Federation Product Details As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: QUADRILLE Early in the 19th century people began their dances much earlier. On holidays, they began at two in the afternoon and danced until daybreak. No one seemed bothered by the prospect of another hard day at the plow or churn. As immigrants and travelers arrived on the U.S. shores they brought with them goods, new from 'home' and the popular dances of the day. Foremost of these was the French Quadrille. It began in the French Court ballet, caught on like wildfire, jumped the channel, and after becoming well-established in the British Isles, found its way to America in the mid-19th century. It has been in gradual evolution ever since. For the first time a 'prompter' was used. Not a caller yet, but someone other than a dancer to indicate what was coming next. As the name Quadrille implies, it is a drill done in a quadrangle formation. This has not changed, but it is surprising how many of the original movements have also remained unchanged. Quadrilles were originally divided into five sections with four brief breaks to catch breath and flirt a bit. That was then reduced to three sections. The least experienced couples would take the side positions and have an opportunity to watch the first as the prompter called a series of 'changes' for the head couples. The sides, then did a carbon copy of that. In Russia - where Quadrille was brought in the end of the 19th century - it was one of the most popular aristocratic dances. With time it has become a true folk dance (known under different names: e.g. Russian Quadrille, Ukrainian Quadrille, Byelorussian Quadrille, etc).
Price: 89.54
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'Little Humpbacked Horse' (set 1)

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 05:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 9' Metric: 22-23 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer, and the largest one is signed by artist. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: HUMPBACKED LITTLE PONY by Yershov Once upon a time, in a land far away, Ivan was returning home with three horses that he had just purchased. Two of the horses were magnificent stallions, strong and fast. But the third horse was crippled and hunchbacked. The next day Ivan woke up and went outside to care for his new horses, but when he opened the stable doors he discovered that his two stallions had been stolen. Only the Little Humpbacked Horse remained. Soon however, the little horse began to display amazing magical powers. He could fly and change his appearance. Ivan grew to admire and love his Little Humpbacked Horse greatly. The little horse enjoyed fame all throughout the kingdom as travelers came from miles around to see him. The Little Humpbacked Horse became so famous that even the old Tsar was interested in seeing him. As soon as the Tsar saw what incredible powers that the magic horse had he ordered Ivan to have the horse employed in the Tsar's service. The Tsar became increasingly greedy with his demands on the little horse. The animal was enlisted by the Tsar to catch the elusive Fire Bird, and to fly to the Palace of the Moon. Then the Tsar ordered that the magic horse should find the beautiful Maiden Queen and bring her to the Tsar to become his wife. The Little Humpbacked Horse was of course successful in finding the Maiden Queen, but the beautiful girl was not at all pleased with the advances of the old and greedy Tsar. She was actually more interested in Ivan, who had already fallen in love with her. To win her over, the Maiden Queen demanded that the Tsar would have to perform a special task to turn himself into a desirable young man. He would have to first jump into a cauldron of cold water, then into one of boiling water, and last into one of boiling milk. The Tsar first ordered Ivan to test the system. So Ivan, protected by his faithful horse, plunged into each cauldron and emerged from the third a vibrant and handsome man. Having seen Ivan's success the Tsar quickly undressed and jumped into the cold water. Then he jumped into the second cauldron in which he was promptly boiled alive. Soon after the Tsar's death Ivan and the Maiden Queen were married, and they lived with their Little Humpbacked Horse happily ever after. Price: 149.95 ® VMMedia Publishing in Association with © Store Mates �?� Online Shopping Portal[...]



'Scarlet Flower' (set 2)

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 04:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 9' Metric: 22-23 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. It is handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer, and the largest one is signed by artist. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: THE SCARLET FLOWER (Russian Folk Fairy-Tale) Once upon a time in a far away land a merchant was preparing to set out on a long journey. This merchant had three daughters, and he asked all of them what they would like as gifts for themselves when he returned from his voyage. The first daughter requested a golden crown, and the second one wanted a crystal mirror. The third daughter asked only for 'the little scarlet flower.' The merchant set out on his journey. It did not take him very long to find a beautiful golden crown and a fine crystal mirror. He had difficulty however, finding the third gift, the scarlet flower. He searched everywhere, and eventually his search led him into a magical forest. Deep within these woods there was situated a palace, in whose courtyard grew a beautiful flower. As the merchant drew closer to the flower he realized what it was, the scarlet flower. Cautiously, the merchant picked the flower that his youngest daughter wanted so badly. Upon picking the scarlet flower he was confronted by a hideous beast, who demanded that in return for picking the flower the merchant must send one of his daughters deep into the enchanted forest, to live with the beast forever. Upon recieving the scarlet flower, the merchant's youngest daughter agreed to go to the beast. She journeyed alone into the forest and found the castle where she would dwell forever. For a time, she lived there very happily. The beast had not revealed himself to her, and showered her daily with kindness and gifts. She started to grow quite fond of her invisible keeper, and one day asked that he show himself. The beast reluctantly gave into her plea, and just as he had feared, she recoiled in terror at the site of him. That night the girl had a haunting dream about her father falling deathly ill. She begged the beast to release her, so that she could find her dying father. Touched by her concern, the beast released her on one condition - that she return to him in three days time. The girl found her father, and prepared to return to the beast in the allotted time. However, her sisters altered the time on the clocks, making her arrive late. There upon her arrival the girl was horrified at what she encountered. The beast was dead, lying there clutching her scarlet flower. Heartbroken, the girl embraced the dead beast, and declared her love for him. Having done this, she unknowingly broke the evil spell, and her beloved beast awoke, turning into a handsome prince. They lived happily ever after. Price: 164.95 ® VMMedia Publishing in Association with © Store Mates �?� Online Shopping Portal[...]



'Scarlet Flower' (set 1)

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 03:33:00 +0000

Size: approx. 10' Metric: 25 cm Consists of: 10 pieces Finish: glossy (lacquer) Availability: ships within 7-12 business days Origin: Russian Federation PRODUCT DETAILS: As all of our nesting dolls, this one is handcrafted in the heart Russia. This particular one is made in the city of Vladimir. It is first handturned from linden wood and then handpainted by a professional nesting doll artist. It is a typical nesting doll, and each smaller piece of the set fits into the next larger one. Each doll is coated with 3-5 layers of crystal clear lacquer, displaying beautiful miniatures from the famous 'Scarlet Flower' fairy tale. MORE INFO / RELATED STORY: THE SCARLET FLOWER (Russian Folk Fairy-Tale) Once upon a time in a far away land a merchant was preparing to set out on a long journey. This merchant had three daughters, and he asked all of them what they would like as gifts for themselves when he returned from his voyage. The first daughter requested a golden crown, and the second one wanted a crystal mirror. The third daughter asked only for 'the little scarlet flower.' The merchant set out on his journey. It did not take him very long to find a beautiful golden crown and a fine crystal mirror. He had difficulty however, finding the third gift, the scarlet flower. He searched everywhere, and eventually his search led him into a magical forest. Deep within these woods there was situated a palace, in whose courtyard grew a beautiful flower. As the merchant drew closer to the flower he realized what it was, the scarlet flower. Cautiously, the merchant picked the flower that his youngest daughter wanted so badly. Upon picking the scarlet flower he was confronted by a hideous beast, who demanded that in return for picking the flower the merchant must send one of his daughters deep into the enchanted forest, to live with the beast forever. Upon recieving the scarlet flower, the merchant's youngest daughter agreed to go to the beast. She journeyed alone into the forest and found the castle where she would dwell forever. For a time, she lived there very happily. The beast had not revealed himself to her, and showered her daily with kindness and gifts. She started to grow quite fond of her invisible keeper, and one day asked that he show himself. The beast reluctantly gave into her plea, and just as he had feared, she recoiled in terror at the site of him. That night the girl had a haunting dream about her father falling deathly ill. She begged the beast to release her, so that she could find her dying father. Touched by her concern, the beast released her on one condition - that she return to him in three days time. The girl found her father, and prepared to return to the beast in the allotted time. However, her sisters altered the time on the clocks, making her arrive late. There upon her arrival the girl was horrified at what she encountered. The beast was dead, lying there clutching her scarlet flower. Heartbroken, the girl embraced the dead beast, and declared her love for him. Having done this, she unknowingly broke the evil spell, and her beloved beast awoke, turning into a handsome prince. They lived happily ever after. Price: 144.95 ® VMMedia Publishing in Association with © Store Mates �?� Online Shopping Portal[...]