Crafts & Hobbies Information

Russian Nesting Dolls - The Beginning


According legend, first nested doll prototype appeared in Russia in the late 19th century (believed to be year 1890), it was figurine of bold headed old man, Buddhist sage by the name of Fukuruma, on the island of Honshu, Japan.

According Hakone Town Office, Japan, products such as "Shichifukujin" and "Irokawaridaruma" have been created from Junitamago. "Shichifukujin" was shipped to Russia at the end of the 19th century, becoming a folkcraft called Matryoshika, or a doll having children. It is thought that Russian missionaries from the Russian church which used to be in Tohnosawa visited Hakone for the summer and took "Junitamago" back to Russia as souvenirs. Let us explain what Shichifukujin mean.

According Japan sources -

Japan`s Shichifukujin--usually identified as Ebisu, Daikokuten, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Fukurokuju, Jurojin, and Hotei--are traditionally believed to bring good fortune and happiness to people. The seven have long been depicted in painting, sculpture, song, and dance and began to be worshiped as a group several hundred years ago. The practice of making a meguri, or pilgrimage, to shrines and temples of all the Shichifukujin during the New Year season became popular during the Edo period (1603-1868). Shichifukujin Meguri are still popular everywhere in Japan--including the Fukagawa and Kameido districts of Tokyo`s Koto-ku. But Russian nesting doll got another name and had a different meaning from the very beginning.

At the end of 19th century at Russia Children`s Education Workshop at Abramtzevo village near Moscow was established. Abramtzevo workshop started to produce dolls in traditional ethnic dress. That workshop collected dolls from all over the country and from countries abroad. Dolls series was designed to entertain childs and to give them knowledge of other ethnicities.

It is believed that Fukuruma doll inspired Russian artist S.V. Malyutin to produce first "Matrioshka" (nesting doll in Russian) doll. But Russian doll was different from original Japanese one. At Russia it became toy, game for childs, it depicted the chain of life, and got woman name.

It is the diminutive form of Matrona or Matriona. Therefore, Matroska, should be a feminine noun. "Matrona" is Bysantee and ancient Rome originated name, which means "well respected woman".

Matrioshka appeared as synthesis of Buddhist sculpture, pre-Christian toys of Russia and Christian beliefs of 19th century.

Original, ancient Russian dolls was produced from solid piece of wood and depicted ancient - pre-Christian gods. That dolls was in fact, miniature ancient Indo-Iranian pagans, they depicted Horses, Cows, Birds, Humans. Once Bysantee Empire style Christianity appeared in Russia at VIII-IX century, that type of dolls was transformed into wooden figures of animals and Heroes of fairy tales, cause " pagan toys " was not Ok to use anymore. Russian Matrioshka produced from solid piece of wood too, but became nested, and depicts people, fairy tales heroes or animals - same as many centuries ago, but now - with Buddhist sence, nested.

Nested doll was very popular toy for childs cause it helps to develop motility of fingers, imagination, representation about the sizes and colors.

"Matrioshka" nested doll spelled differently outside Russia. Exactly, According to the spelling mat + ros (as in albatross OR as in metros) + ka (as in Alaska) [mć̀trɔ́skə, mć̀tróuskə] According to the original Russian word ma as in machine; tro as in tr in try + Yo in New York, but shorter and narrower; ska as in sh in ship + ka in Alaska [mətrʲóʃkə] ----

Article provided by Russian nesting dolls internet shop: http://www.rus-sell.com


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Lake Mills Winter Market
Madison.com
Our 6th Annual Winter Market is coming up on December 9, 2017. Our market will again be held in the spacious gymnasium and commons of the Lake Mills Middle School at 318 College Street. Mark your calendars and plan to get that last-minute Christmas ...



MyCentralJersey.com

The Gates Avenue Knitters do more than almost any other knitting group
MyCentralJersey.com
The Gates Avenue Knitters, who meet every first and third Wednesday at the Long Hill Township Library, do more to help their communities than any other group I know. Started three decades ago by Arlene Kaplan, a retired staffer from CBS News, the group ...



MyCentralJersey.com

Back to Mom's sweater
MyCentralJersey.com
I tried to deliver hats on Friday to Mercy House in Perth Amboy, but when I got there, the house was all locked up, as was the Cathedral sanctuary next door. So I'll have to try again another day. In the meantime, I decided that since it's Thanksgiving ...



MyCentralJersey.com

Donations of all kinds
MyCentralJersey.com
Pam shows the knitted cast-on, the British way to knit, the Continental way to knit and explains the front and back of the stitch by calling stitches pairs of legs. Aug 2017 Pamela MacKenzie/Staff Video. donated-Homespun-yarn.jpg Buy Photo. The Lion ...



Slate Magazine

The Year in Best-Sellers
Slate Magazine
In fact, Amazon produces so many niche bestseller lists—in topics ranging from “Crafts, Hobbies and Home” to “Engineering and Transportation”—that many a book can claim Amazon best-seller status while only moving a couple of hundred copies. (The ...



MyCentralJersey.com

Lone Eagle Brewing spotlights local artists
MyCentralJersey.com
Flounder Brewing has just released Devil's Nectah, a helles lager brewed with cranberry and honey. Jenna Intersimone/Staff Video. Dan Landau of Bridgewater is latest artist to be showcased by Flemington brewery. 636351266194565147-Landau---installation ...



MyCentralJersey.com

Can't go to Rhinebeck
MyCentralJersey.com
In Stitches blogger/columnist Pam MacKenzie visits the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY on Sat. Oct. 15, 2016. Pamela MacKenzie/Staff Video. On Tuesday, I learned that I absolutely have to buy a new car, sooner rather than later. So I am ...



MyCentralJersey.com

Queen City readies its month long Plainfield Music Festival
MyCentralJersey.com
Entertainment Reporter Bob Makin suggests 10 best Halloween events in Central Jersey, including zombie paint ball at Cheesequake Farms, Old Bridge; Frightfest, Schaefer Farms, Readington; Metuchen Zombie Walk; and Haunted Village, Red Mill, Clinton ...



MyCentralJersey.com

I must want this sweater really badly
MyCentralJersey.com
I have been off this week, and one of my many goals was to get the yoke on the Zephirine Cardigan started. I had reknitted the body and sleeves to the point where it was time to join them together into a single piece and knit the yoke. The bottom of ...



MyCentralJersey.com

I must really want this sweater, Part II
MyCentralJersey.com
Pam shows the knitted cast-on, the British way to knit, the Continental way to knit and explains the front and back of the stitch by calling stitches pairs of legs. Aug 2017 Pamela MacKenzie/Staff Video. " width ...


Google News

home | site map | Shell Art
© 2006