The Leshy or Lesovik is a kind woodland spirit in Slavic mythology.
He protects wild animals, birds and plants in forests. He can reincarnate into a pine cone, a mushroom, a tree or even a live man himself.
Leshy is roughly analogous to the Woodwose of Western Europe.
Leshy is a good or bad character in many eastern Slavic folk tales.
We have to mention that this curved pine cone man ornament is called Jack Frost in Germany.
Really, this ornament mold was brought to USSR from Germany after World War II as well as some other ornament molds.
Please, read our post “Why Soviet-Russian Christmas Ornaments are not “Christmas”?! “.
- Curved pine cone man – Leshy – Jack Frost. 85mm. (1950-60s)
2. Curved pine cone man – Leshy – Jack Frost. 85mm. (1950-60s)
3. Pine cone man – Leshy. 100mm. (1970-80s)
Speaking in human voice, live mushrooms often occur in many Russian and Ukrainian fairy folk tales.
4. Mushroom Man. 90mm. (1960-70s)
5. Mushroom Man. 90mm. (1960-70s)
6. Mushroom Man. 85mm. (1970-80s)
7. Mushroom Man. 75mm. (1960-70s)
Dwarfs almost never occur in Russian fairy tales. However, ornaments with Dwarfs are produced in the Soviet Union too.
8. Dwarf. 85mm. (1960-70s)
9. Dwarf. 75mm. (1960-70s)
10. Dwarf. 85mm. (1970-80s)
11. Dwarf. 85mm. (1970-80s)
12. Dwarf. 85mm. (1980s)