Matryoshka - Soul of Russia. The name a nested doll the Matryoshka occurred from a female name Matrena, which was popular in old Russia. It is believed that it was derived from the Latin word "Mater". The largest doll is the grandmother with future generations of dolls tucked inside her. This symbolizes value of the family; the heart and soul of Russian people. Traditionally, a Matryoshka was given to newborns to wish them happiness and health. Today, the Matryoshka is a symbol of Russia. This 8" porcelain souvenir plate features a colorful ensemble of Russian matryoshkas. It looks beautiful on a stand or hanging on a wall (clear plastic stand included, metal hook for hanging included). The plate is made of high quality porcelain and the picture is made in technique of decal so the price for this decorative plate is quite affordable.