This magnificent set of nesting dolls has been made in the ancient Russian town of Sergiev Posad by the talented master O. Listunov. The work is based on the religious subject, and includes five wooden dolls.
The first doll features the Blessed Virgin with the Child, the second one features Jesus Christ, the third doll shows Archangel Mikhail, the fourth one shows Saint Nicholas, and the last and the smallest one again features Jesus Christ.
To produce this work the artist has applied the unique technique of poker-work. The figures of all saints are outlined, highlighted and detailed with means of this technique. The rest work has been done with the help of dark and light brown paints.
The halos above the heads of the saints are created by means of gold metal leaf. Gold metal leaf is also used to create the gold cross that can be found on the backside of each doll. This cross is outlined using the technique of poker-work. Gold metal leaf also frames the image of each saint, and it is used to paint the following inscription at the bottom of the first and the biggest doll: "Power isn't in Strength, it is in Faith".