"Bogatyr" Metal Horseshoe. This vintage metal souvenir has an image in the center of a medieval Russian bogatyr (богатырь) on his horse. It is modeled after Ilya Murametz (see below). Uncommon and scarce in the original box. Generally associated with Irish legends, a Russian horseshoe is indeed a lucky find. Plaque weighs 11 oz and is approximately 6" x 6". Like new. 1 only, as shown.
Made by the Vanguard Moscow Machine-Building Plant circa mid-1980's. The factory was a large defense enterprise which produced missiles. Additionally, nearly every defense enterprise produced consumer goods. At Vanguard, consumer goods were actively made after WWII and reached its peak in the 80's. Among the known products were meat grinders, hangers, tea glass holders, and souvenirs, especially for the Olympics. Today the plant is part of the Almaz-Antey Air Defense Concern OJSC.
Ilya of Murom, or Ilya Murometz, is depicted with his faithful horse, Karushka. Although a legendary person, he is also associated with St. Ilya Pechersky, monk of the Kievan caves.