Friday, March 26, 2010

Black Dolls From Around the World - Russia

Two 1950s Dolls from Russia manufactured by Lenigruska and a Russian Nesting Doll set (nested)

The rigid vinyl dolls from Russia are 14 inches tall.  They are identical except for lip color and the tribal-type clothing worn by the one on the left.  I acquired them from a Russian eBay seller several years ago.  Lenigruska is the name of the factory that manufactured these dolls in Leningrad, Russia (now known as Saint Petersburg, Russia). The doll on the right was the auctioned item.  After the doll arrived, I voiced great displeasure with the seller about the doll's condition.  It has several tiny scratches on its vinyl surface, which were not described in the item description nor visible in the auction images.  The seller sent the second doll as a "peace offering." 

The wooden nesting dolls (matryoshkas/matrioshkas) shown above were made in Russia.  Un-nested, they consist of five dolls ranging from 1/2 to 4-1/2 inches tall.  Their accompanying literature reads: 

The art of producing hand-painted Matrioshkas began in the 17th Century in Sergiev Posad, Russia and later spread to Moscow, Semenovo, Polohov-maidan, Tver and other regions.

In October 2009, after exhausting attempts to add at least one additional set of black nesting dolls to my collection that were not caricatures or portraits of  African American celebrities, I made a set of five using images of one of my doll families and a blank Russian nesting doll set. In December 2009, I closed the collection by making an African American Santa nesting doll set.

AA Santa Russian nesting dolls (front)

AA Santa Russian nesting dolls (back)

My collection of black matryoshka's remains at a standstill of three sets total.


1 comment:

  1. i actually have a black doll make in russia and dressed in russian attire. during the time of slavery, african children were actually given away by russian rulers as gifts to friends.


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