Published on January 25, 2014
Hello, Dolly! The 11 Most Interesting Facts About Matryoshka Nesting Dolls You Should Know Before The Sochi 2014 Olympics.
Matryoshka dolls are one of the most popular souvenirs associated with Russia in the world today. привет! But did you know…
No. 1 真実！ Matryoshka dolls actually originated in Japan.
Matryoshkas are directly inspired by Japanese Daruma dolls. These dolls are modeled on the founder of Zen Buddhism, and symbolize prosperity and good luck. The nesting design of Daruma dolls is itself inspired by similar dolls from China. Sup? Daruma doll
No. 2 In 1890, Vasily Petrovich Zvyozdochkin (a craftsman) carved the first Matryoshka doll from a design by Sergey Maluytin, a painter. They were inspired by a Japanese art exhibit that had displayed the Daruma dolls. These guys *This is a self portrait
No. 3 These are the actual first Matryoshka dolls. The outer doll is a mother in a sarafan, or peasant dress. Inner dolls can be male or female. Everyone Else
No. 4 The dolls won a bronze medal at the 1900 Exposition Universelle (the World’s Fair) in France. They were quickly replicated by other artists afterward.
No. 5 Matryoshkas are commonly made out of light, flexible woods such as birch, alder, lime, balsa, and aspen. 30.5% Everyone Else It takes two years to cure (dry) the wood before it can be used to make the dolls.
No. 6 Each set of dolls is made out of a single piece of wood. The smallest doll is made first. 30.5% Everyone Else The more Matryoskas in a stack, the more expensive they are. Some commercial sets have as many as 20 dolls. The smallest known doll is the size of a Tic Tac.
No. 7 The largest Matryoshka is 27.5-inches tall and contains 70 dolls. Made by Russian firm Golden Cockerel, it was shown at a Hong Kong mall in 2010.
No. 8 The Chinese city of Manzhouli has a public square with Matryoshka sculptures as tall as 100 feet. More than 200 doll statues dot the square. Needless to say, these aren’t made out of wood. Photo: Eul Mulot/Flickr
No. 9 Matryoshkas are often called “Babushka Dolls”. This is wrong. Babushka means “Grandmother” in Russian and Matryoshka means “little mother,” as the dolls inside represent her children. No. Yes.
No. 10 Now, the dolls aren’t just little mothers. They come in many sizes and designs from all over the world. Can you identify them all?
And they’re epic.
These are awesome.
No. 11 Naturally, collectors love Matryoshkas. Depending on where they are made, by whom, what technique, and the number of dolls inside, a Matryoshka can sell for as much as $5,000. $$$
To celebrate our role as Official Supplier of Network Equipment to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, we’ve commissioned 3,000 Limted Edition Avaya Matryoshkas from Golden Cockerel. Each has been handmade in Russia, and is numbered. The best part? You can get one.
Want an Avaya Matryoshka? Be on the lookout for contests where you can win this limited edition set via Facebook and Twitter! www2.avaya.com/ru/sochi2014/ Facebook Contest facebook.com/avaya • When: Beginning 11/25 and running every week till the start of the Olympics • What: (#ShowUsYourAvaya) Partners and end users can submit pictures of why they should win. Show us your Avaya! Or your Matryoska! Or even your Olympic pride! Twitter Contest twitter.com/Avaya • When: Beginning 11/25 and running every week till the start of the Olympics • What: Olympics and Avaya history trivia questions We have 20 Matryoskas to give away! Made by Ashlie Fairless/Avaya
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