The Russian Matryoshka, also known as an interlaced Russian doll or simply”Russian doll”is a kind of wooden toy, in which 6 or 7 wooden figures can be put into each other.
The first Russian matryoshka was created by the craftsman Vasily Zvyozdochkin. Where does the Matroschka idea really come from and what is the meaning behind it? Today we are about to reveal the secret of the legendary doll.
Symbols of protection and talismans exist as long as man exists
The body shape of the matryoshka resembles an egg which represents the eternal order of life
Matroschka stands for”Mother”- The woman who passes on life
Today, the nested dolls are immediately combined with Russian folklore
The history of creation
The first toy was probably created with the first man. The cavemen built toys made of bone and stones, archaeologists report. During numerous excavations, evidence is always found – small figures that look either like humans or animals. Some claim that the figures are connected with religious customs and were not meant to play.
In the museum of Russian toys we discover some doll models.
Very often the Russian dolls are dressed in bright colors as healthy and fertile beings
The largest doll is always the most elaborate and usually has a carrier dress
In the hand, the mother is wearing a broom or a cock
The figures are individually designed and bear the character of their origin
The doll as a mascot
There is the”pelenashka”- a doll for adults who is actually a mascot.
The farmhouses in Russia were full of different lucky charms or contactor objects. Interesting is the fact that in many Slavic peoples the dolls, which are still called Russian dolls, were first made for adults and then only for the children.
Matroschka can be both a farmer and a queen
The honor to the woman
There have been dolls which should influence the wheat harvest, dolls protect the housekeeper, or those who were taken on journeys.
All these dolls were made of Simple materials Such as straw, wood, stone.
The protective and helping importance is transferred to today’s Matroshka dolls. “Matroshka”is the Russian vernacularization of the Latin word”Matrona”, whose word stem points to”mother of the family”or motherhood”. The interlocked dolls symbolize the fertility of women and the honor of mothers.
Not so famous, but with equal importance are the Hawaiian Milimilian dolls
It is disputed whether the Fukurama figures or the Matryoshka first came into being
Officially there is the Russian Matryschka since the 19th century
Russian dolls around the world
Whether the name was first created or the doll – that is still not clear. The first proof of the existence of the Matroschka is actually from Japan. A wise Japanese is said to have fascinated the Russian matryoshka maker through his Fukuruma doll. Some Japanese people said that the first Fukuruma doll was mastered by a Russian monk.
Today the Russian matryoshka doll is a symbol of Russian folklore.
Russian Babushka dolls are the most popular Russian souvenir these days