Russian nesting doll (Matryoshka), a well recognizable symbol of Russia and a traditional Russian souvenir, in fact is a relatively new phenomenon.
Matryoshka appeared only about 130 years ago (in 1890s), when a spouse of Savva Mamontov, the owner of a toy workshop, brought a figure of the sage Fukurum from Japan. The figure consisted of two halves and contained a smaller figure inside, which also consisted of two halves. In total, four figures depicting famous sage disciples were hiding inside the sage.
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