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Russian Nesting Dolls

Traditional Russian nesting dolls are called Matryoshka. It is usually a set of hand-made wooden dolls decreasing in size so that one can go inside the next. The first set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Russian folk artist Sergey Malyutin. While this first set of Russian stacking dolls included eight pieces, it became customary to create sets with an odd number of dolls. The most common sets contain five dolls, as larger sets require finer craftsmanship.