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Nesting dolls
Title : Nesting dolls Nesting dolls
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Format : Toy
Dimensions : largest 130mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Set of five Japanese nesting dolls and a set of six Russian babushka dolls. The pattern is worn on the Russian dolls, evidence of considerable use. The design on this set is somewhat impish quite unlike the design of modern babushka dolls.

Fitting the dolls inside each other required considerable skill on the part of the child, particularly in manipulating the smallest of the Japanese dolls. The child learned to distinguish the various sizes and gained manual dexterity by playing with these dolls.

Period : 1884-1913
Further reading :

Daiken, Leslie. Children's toys throughout the ages, London: Spring Books, 1963 (1965 printing)

Jaffe, Deborah. The history of toys: from spinning tops to robots, Stroud [England]: Sutton, 2006

Opie, Iona. The treasures of childhood: books, toys and games from the Opie collection, London: Pavilion, 1989

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