This amazing hand painted Russian matryoshka nesting doll is truly a work of art. Each doll is hand painted in watercolors and highly detailed with scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. Each doll has a scene and the back of the doll is highlighted in gold paint. The largest doll has an ornate gold pattern completely around the bottom edge. On the very bottom of the largest doll is written the author's name and the city where this set was created (all in Russian, of course!)
The first doll measures over 11 inches tall and is painted with the birth of Christ in incredible detail on the front. The Holy Family is surrounded by Shepherds, the Wise Men (Magi), and others paying homage to the King of Kings. On the front of the second doll we see Jesus initiating the Lord's Supper. The third doll shows Christ entering Jerusalem on the back of a donkey while the crowd waves palm branches and calls "Hosanna to the King." On the fourth doll we see John the Baptist baptizing Christ while the Spirit, in the form of a dove, decends from the heavens. The next doll depicts Joseph and Mary fleeing with baby Jesus into Egypt. The sixth doll shows Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus carry His cross. The next doll depicts Mary is kneeling before the Angel upon the resurrection at the empty tomb. The eighth doll shows the risen Christ walking along the road to be seen by His followers. On the ninth doll we see painted the Angel of the Lord and on the tenth and final doll (which is only 1/2 inch tall) we have the dove painted on it. This dove represents the Spirit as well as the future peace we will experience someday.
THIS DOLL IS A ONE OF A KIND MASTERPIECE AND TRULY A COLLECTOR'S PIECE TO BE PASSED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION!
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