Grandfather Frost on Skis [Bogorodsk Toy). Grandfather Frost is in his fur-lined greatcoat with a long white beard and bright red cheeks and nose. He has simple long sticks for walking poles. In pre-revolutionary Russia, he was often depicted on skis. One of the more intriguing toys with movement (дергачи) operated by a balance, which, in this case, is a weight attached to a string. Swing it and the figure comes to life. 8½"x 7½" x 3". Completely hand carved, Bogorodskoye circa 1995. 1 only.
According to Russian folk art history, the villages of Bogorodskoye and Sergiyev Posad are the central "kingdoms of wooden toy production". Toys first appeared there in the 15th century. The village of Bogorodskoe belonged to a Moscow boyar by the name of M. B. Plescheev. In 1595, it became the property of the Trinity-Sergius Monastery and the peasants became monastery serfs. The monastery attracted pilgrims, and was a fortress guarding the approaches to the capital. All this activity attracted skilled artisans, painters and carvers.