Bears at the Banya (Медведи в бане). Bogorodsk toy with the bears atop two levers which are pulled back and forth. This creates the movement that allows one to smack the other with a venik (веник)., or special bath broom These are bundles of oak or birch twigs and leafy branches bound together, dipped in cold water and struck briskly all over the body. Fine carving, light wood patina. Bogorodsk Toy Factory, Zagorsk region, circa early or mid-1990's. Marked "Made in Russia" in purple on one of the levers. 10" x 4". 1 only, as shown.