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A matryoshka doll is a set of dolls of decreasing sizes placed one inside the other. Matryoshkas date from 1890, and are said to have been inspired by souvenir dolls from Japan. A set of matryoshkas consists of a wooden figure which can be pulled apart to reveal another figure of the same sort inside. It has, in turn, another figure inside, and so on. The number of nested figures is usually five or more. The shape is mostly cylindrical, rounded at the top for the head and tapered towards the bottom, but little else; the dolls have no hands (except those that are painted). Excerpts from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  Our matryoshka doll, a set of six dolls, is made of cardstock and colored with colored pencils or colored markers. Directions for, “Russian Matryoshka Doll,” can be found in the 4th Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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