I love this image. It is a postcard that I have framed in my apartment that I got at the Museum of Communism in Prague (which the back of the postcard tells you is conveniently located above Mc Donald’s and next to the casino- ironic). It is the image of a matryoshka Russian nesting doll. A traditional wooden toy signifying the onion, in that each layer of the onion that you peel off results in another smaller onion. Created out of a folk art tradition and used to help children learn to count it was common that the largest/ outermost doll represented a portly mother with children nesting inside. The design for this postcard leaves all the traditional and expected details of the Russian nesting doll intact, only altering the slant of the eyes and the lips, which is traditionally little more that a red dot into a threatening, fang toothed mouth. The few, small changes that are made alter a child’s toy into a dominating and threatening “mother” figure of soviet occupation and the ugly face communist control.