Bogatyrs (Богатыри). A fine example of wood carving for the helmets and armor, woodburning for the faces and painting for the details. Men sets are generally scarce. This one dates approximately from the early 1990's. Marked with title "Богатыри" (Bogatyrs) in Russian, date and place (1991 and Sergiev Posad). 3 nest, 5⅝" to 3¼".
The bogatyr is an ancient hero or warrior akin to a Western European knight errant. Many of the stories about them revolve around the court of Vladimir I of Kiev (958–1015). The most prominent bogatyrs were the trio of Alyosha Popovich, Dobrynya Nikitich and Ilya Muromets, each distinguished by a character trait: Alyosha Popovich for his wits, Dobrynya Nikitich for his courage, and Ilya Muromets for his physical and spiritual power and integrity, and for his dedication to the protection of his homeland and people.