Matryoshka Dolls

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Matryoshka (‘mother,’ from the Latin ‘mater’) are the little nesting dolls from Russian culture. Also known as babushka (‘grandmother’) dolls, these were inspired by Japanese wooden figurines. ‘Matyroshka’ is a traditional mother figure wearing a shawl. In the seventies, Matryoshka tradition fused with contemporary Russian art and politics. Nowadays, they may not be motherly or even female, but they always follow the “smaller-in-smaller’ principle.

We  saw these at the Museum Of Russian Art in Minneapolis. They are part of a special exhibit running through March 29, 2010

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Religious  theme

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Political theme. Russians don’t hold a high opinion of Mr Bonaparte
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2 comments

  1. The Bonaparte matryoshka are wonderful. For the life of me, I cannot figure out why the Russians do not hold him in high regard.


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