Glass ornaments from the children poem Doctor Aybolit and Barmaley

Glass ornaments from the children poem Doctor Aybolit and Barmaley

Doctor Aybolit is a fictional personage from the children’s poem Aybolit and Barmaley by Korney Chukovsky written in 1929.

The name “Aybolit” may be translated from the Russian into the English as “Ouch, it hurts!”. The character became a recognizable feature of Soviet-Russian culture.

In 1956, there was designed a set of glass ornaments “Doctor Aybolit”. 

The set contained 6 ornaments:

1. Doctor Aybolit with a stethoscope.

2. Owl Bumba with a bottle of Iodine.

3. Parrot Karudo with a package of cotton.

4. Duck Kika with a bottle of fish oil.

5. Monkey Chi-Chi holding a thermometer.

6. Hare with a crutch.

However, the State Committee approved only 4 ones of these ornaments for manufacturing.

The Monkey and the Hare were left out of the set. The design of those ornaments was not detailed well.

And so, the 1st “Doctor Aybolit” sets included the 4 ornaments instead 6 ones.

Some years later, they began producing different colored painted sets as well as separate ornament figures from the Doctor Aybolit series.

It’s interesting, that the Hare with a crutch and the Monkey Chi-Chi with a thermometer started to be produced as separate ornaments too.

Many Soviet evergreen trees were decorated with these ornaments.

Doctor Aybolit with a stethoscope. 108mm. (1957s)

  1. Doctor Aybolit with a stethoscope. 108mm. (1957s)

Doctor Aybolit with a stethoscope. 108mm. (1960s)

2. Doctor Aybolit with a stethoscope. 108mm. (1960s)

Doctor Aybolit’s Face.  83mm.(double sided ornament from the 1970s)

3. Doctor Aybolit’s Face.  83mm.(double sided ornament from the 1970s)

Doctor Aybolit. 83mm.(1980s)

4. Doctor Aybolit. 83mm.(1980s)

Owl Bumba with a bottle of Iodine. 83mm.(1950-60s)

5. Owl Bumba with a bottle of Iodine. 83mm.(1950-60s)

Parrot Karudo with a package of cotton. 96mm.(1950-60s)

6. Parrot Karudo with a package of cotton. 96mm.(1950-60s)

Monkey Chi-Chi with a thermometer. 83mm. (1960s)

7. Monkey Chi-Chi with a thermometer. 83mm. (1960s)

Hare with a crutch. 108mm. (1950-60s)

8. Hare with a crutch. 108mm. (1950-60s)

Hare with a crutch. 108mm. (1950-60s)

9. Hare with a crutch. 108mm. (1950-60s)

Hare with a crutch. 108mm. (1960-70s)

10. Hare with a crutch. 108mm. (1960-70s)

Bear with a bad tooth. 85mm. (1950-60s)

11. Bear with a bad tooth. 85mm. (1950-60s)