The Dymkovo toy (Дымковская игрушка) (also known as the Vyatka or Kirov toy are molded painted clay figures of people and animals. It is one of the oldest Russian folk art handicrafts, dating to the 17th century. They are made from from a mixture of local potter's clay and river sand. Fastening is done with watery clay, then the toys are dried and tempered in a furnace. They are whitewashed with chalk diluted in milk, then painted with tempera.
The boy playing the balalaika while sitting on a stove was made before the break-up of the Soviet Union in a workshop of the Artistic Fund of the RSFSR (Художественный фонд РСФСР). It is about 6¾" tall and in very good condition. 1 only, as shown.