Very sweet chess set for every day quality time with your children. Each fabric-bottomed piece is hand carved of seasoned sycamore, stylized, polished, and hand-painted in folk motifs. The birchwood board with pine box closes with a brass hinge. Each chess piece has a seperate fitted insert, so it does not rattle around inside. Handmade in Krakow, Poland.
The beginning of the Matryoshkas or Nesting Doll, starts in 1890 as a folk crafts workshop Russian painter, Sergei Maliutin, observed a set of Japanese wooden souvenir dolls representing Shichi-fuku-jin (the Seven Gods of Fortune) stacked one inside the other. Under new inspiration, Maliutin created an illustration of a Russian version eight doll set containing alternating girl and boy dolls with the innermost being a tiny baby. Carved by toy workshop man Vasiliy Zvezdochkin, Maliutin's concept was given life after he painted the first Russian Matryoshkas. In 1900 the doll set was awarded a bronze medal at the World Exhibition in Paris. Soon after the presentation at the Exhibition, several other places in Russia began crafting Matryoshki in multiple styles. Today modern artist throughout the world create their own styles of Matryoshkas with a wide variant of themes.