"Agafia", Russian Nesting Doll, n85, 6"

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"Agafia", Russian Nesting Doll, n85, 6"

"Agafia", 6", art. Kulikov. A traditional doll : a girl in red scarf with flowers painted on the front. Crafted by hand in Moscow, Russia.

Agafia is a Russian form of Agatha. Latinized form of the Greek name Αγαθη (Agathe), derived from Greek αγαθος (agathos) meaning "good".  Saint Agatha was a 3rd-century martyr from Sicily who was tortured and killed after spurning the advances of a Roman official. The saint was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). The mystery writer Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was a famous modern bearer of this name.