This 5 pc icon nesting doll would make a wonderfully unique and unforgettable religious gift. The iconic Russian Orthodox images on each doll was made using a high quality polygraphic machine, and has been protected under many layers of clear lacquer.
The religious icons vary between each doll made. Yours may be slightly different from the one pictured here. Some of the icons featured include but are not limited to the following:
Feodorovskaya Mother of God Icon. The Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God (Russian: Феодоровская икона Божией Матери), also known as Our Lady of Saint Theodore and the Black Virgin Mary of Russia is the patron icon of the Romanov family and one of the most venerated icons in the Upper Volga region. Legend has it that this icon was painted by the Evangelist St. Luke. The earliest mentions of this icon, named after the wooden monastery Church of St. Theodore Stratilates near the town of Gorodets (now in the Nizhniy Novgorod Region), date back to 1164.Now it is in the Cathedral of the Dormition in Kostroma.
Vladimir Mother of God Icon. The Theotokos (Greek for Virgin Mary, literally meaning "Birth-Giver of God") of Vladimir is a medieval Byzantine icon of the Virgin and Child that has been in Russia since soon after it was painted. Vladimir (Vladimirskaya - Владимирская) Mother of God is regarded as the holy protectress of Russia. The icon of the Theotokos of Vladimir is sometimes described as extrapressing universal feelings of motherly love and anxiety for her child. Like some other icons it was believed to have been painted by St Luke from its living subjects. The venerated image was used in celebration of coronations of tsars, elections of patriarchs, and other important ceremonies of state.
Zhirovitskaya Mother of God Icon. The Zhirovits Icon of the Mother of God appeared in 1470 in the vicinity of Zhirovits village, Russia on the Grodnensk frontier. The shepherds of this village found the icon in the woods and brought it to the Orthodox Lithuanian dignitary Alexander Solton, who built a church in honor of the Most Holy Theotokos at the place of the icon's discovery. Around the year 1520 the church was completely burned to the ground, but the Zhirovits Icon of the Mother of God, totally unharmed by the fire, stood on a stone with a burning candle before it. At present it is in the Dormition cathedral of the Zhirovits monastery, Minsk diocese, and it is deeply revered for its grace-filled help.
"It Is Truly Meet" Mother of God Icon. The original of the icon of the Mother of God called "Axion Esti", or "It is truly meet" (in Russian: Достойно есть) is kept in the Holy Dormition Katholicon in Karyes, Mt. Athos. Numerous copies of the "It Is Truly Meet" Icon are revered in Russian churches. At the Galerna Harbor in St. Petersburg, a church with five cupolas was built in honor of the Merciful Mother of God, and into it was placed a grace-bearing copy of the "It Is Truly Meet" icon sent from Mt. Athos.
Old Testament Trinity. Icon of the Holy Trinity depicts the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. An image on the last doll of this set is a middle angel, God the Son. In Andrei Rublev's icon, the persons of the Holy Trinity are shown in the order in which they are confessed in the Credo. The first angel is the first person of the Trinity - God the Father; the second, middle angel is God the Son; the third angel is God the Holy Spirit. All three angels are blessing the chalice, in which lies a sacrificed calf, prepared for eating.