Woman Spinning and Weaving (Женщина прядет и ткет). Images of fate are often associated with the image of filament, spinning wheels, and spindles. In Slavic tradition, women who spin and weave are endowed with understanding the secret nature of things and destiny is seen as the thread on the distaff. The black cat's meaning, while not obligatory, is obvious. This is a painted action toy. When you swing the ball, she raises her arms and the black cat wags its tale. Unusual and uncommon. Ncely carved, painted and lacquered, circa 1994. 4½"x4¾"x2¾".