Absolutely stunning large Nesting Doll up for sale! Originally retailed for $2,000 and who's value increases every year, this doll has exquisitely detailed scenes on each layer, each more beautiful than the next. As you can see in the pictures, the smallest doll is minuscule which shows the craftsmanship of the artist. The bottom is signed and the largest layer measures at 16 inches. There is one interior layer with a hairline crack. These dolls came from non-smoking household that doesn’t have room to house them anymore.A little more about the doll’s history and meaning… Matryoshkas are used metaphorically, as a design paradigm, known as the "matryoshka principle" or "nested doll principle". It denotes a recognizable relationship of "object-within-similar-object" that appears in the design of many other natural and crafted objects. Examples of this use include the Matrioshka brain and the Matroskamedia-container format. The onion metaphor is of similar character. If the outer layer is peeled off an onion, a similar onion exists within. This structure is employed by designers in applications such as the layering of clothes or the design of tables.