Russian wooden motion toys from Bogorodskoye village
Bogorodskoye is a small village 25 km away from Sergiev Posad, in the Moscow region. Sergiev Posad and its suburbs have long been considered “Russian toys capital” because practically everybody here was involved in the process of making different toys. These wooden toys are still popular all over Russia because they are funny, unique and made only of natural wood. Besides, they are one of the best possible ways to teach your child hand coordination.
What do Bogorodskoye toys look like and why are they called motion toys?
There are three types of Bogorodskoye toys:
- Traditional “blacksmiths” where two rocking figurines are balanced on the opposite ends of a plank. This type of toys appeared at an early stage of wooden sculpture development in Russia, so the figurines are usually quite primitive, the shapes are rough and the figures are pretty flat. However these toys are very easy to manufacture, so they are very common. And they are most loved by the children.
- The second type of Bogorodskoye toys is represented by the toys made of triangular blocks of wood. Though the toys may depict noble women and cavalrymen, their shapes actually resemble the pre-Christian wooden sculptures from the ancient times. In the carving process the master mainly relies on the wood properties, so the result of the work is generally unpredictable.
- The third type of toys appeared on the basis of the Moscow art style and represents fully developed sculptural forms with even the slightest details captured by the master. These toys are rare and can hardly ever be found in souvenir stores. You can see them in museums and private collections around the world.