Dancing Bear (Танцующий медведь). A real treat of a folk toy. Pull down on the string and the arms and legs begin to dance. Fully carved wood toy circa 1980 with a dark brown finish. Purple "Made in USSR" stamp on the back. 10½" top to bottom, 7" arms and 10" legs extended. In perfect condition. 1 only.
See Fig. 112-113 in Gennadi Blinov's Russian Folk-Style Figurines: A Collector's Notes with an example of this piece, which is probably carved by Bogorodsk master carver Ivan V. Ovechkin (1913-1990's).