I have been fascinated by the nesting dolls, but that is not their official name. I borrow the following from Wiki:
A matryoshka doll (Russian: матрёшка; IPA: [mɐˈtrʲoʂkə] ( listen), matrëška), also known as Russian nesting/nested doll, refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. They are sometimes incorrectly referred to as “babushka dolls”.
I got the opportunity over the summer to trade a few pearls from China with a high school friend that would be travelling to Russia and would be able to get me some dolls.
The picture below is what I got in return. I hope that my friend is as happy with the pearls as I am with the dolls.
The first 3 dolls are of the 15 Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons). The last or fourth is a typical doll. The LDS Missionaries that serve in Russia most frequently return home with the LDS dolls so I wanted a set because, well, I wanted them. The last doll is more of the typical and historical kind of doll.
I enjoy this doll, or at least one similar to it in the movie, The Man that Knew too Little.