Wooden doll Goddess Siberian Folk Doll Wooden doll Panki - whole, undivided and strong. Russian folk dolls panki actuated from a single piece of any tree. This, as a rule, animals, birds or humans treated rather roughly, a shovel! Initially northern dolls -panki most likely were pagan idols and pagan rituals meant for magic, but even with the advent of the northern lands of orthodoxy, they have retained their archaic form and meaning. Complex patterns and murals did. Panks were denied details. Facial features her in the old days either absent or barely were planned depressions and incisions. So the master acted quite deliberately: thus provides protection against invasion of strangers into a doll evil spirits, which, according to pagan beliefs, can penetrate the eyes, mouth, nose and ears. And the legs of a doll was not: not to come to life and run away, and faithfully served his master. A feature of pank became their schematic form, or as it is now said to be minimalist in design. No small parts and details such as feathers contours, hooves, hairs in the tail or mane, they look cooler modern sculpture art-brut. However, our northern ancestors used panki as toys for their children. The child could play with pank and not be afraid to break it, dropping. The brutal pank kid easily guessed, the horse, a woman, a cow or a bird, but with all the details about the toy he had to think out the most that developing imagination.