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Mechanical toy

Mechanical toy

  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1981 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss K. I. Newby

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bear is a type of traditional wooden mechanical toy that is found throughout eastern Europe. Bears are particularly associated with Russia. The mechanical action is very simple and is activated by pushing the rod set in one end of the base.

Physical description

Carved unpainted wooden piece showing two bears, one feeding a smaller one with a spoon from a bowl held in its lap. The feeding action is activated by pushing a rod set in one end of the base.

Place of Origin

Russia (made)


ca. 1981 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved wood


Length: 16 cm

Object history note

This is a traditional toy from Bogorodsky (Address: Moscow region, Sergiev Posad district, Bogorodskoye d.79 B)
In the 15th and 16th centuries, local farmers, the serfs of the Trinity-Sergius Monastery, laid the foundations of established art craft in wood. The village has become a centre of folk art in the history of Russian crafts.

Descriptive line

Plain wooden mechanical toy with two bears made in Russia about 1981






Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Woodwork


Museum of Childhood

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