Matryoshka dolls await buyers at a market in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The first set of such wooden nesting dolls was made in the late 1890s. The word matryoshka, or матрёшка, means “little maiden” in Russian.
The designs of the delightful dolls featured above are pretty traditional, however, in countries such as the Czech Republic and Russia, I’ve seen politicians’ faces and those of famous athletes on these little wooden figures.
What unique faces have you encountered on matryoshka dolls during your travels?
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