Katygoroshek with Mace (Катигорошек с булавой). Made at Polonne Porcelain Factory. Porcelain, polychrome overglaze. Polonne "red swan" 1st quality red backstamp from 1973 and after. 7½" (19cm). No chips, cracks and restorations. 1 only.
Katygoroshko is a legendary bogatyr-hero of Kievan Rus', found in Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian folk tales. He also goes by Ivan-Goroshko, Pokatygoroshek, and Kotygoroshko. The story describes the struggle and fight between the hero and the Serpent Gorynych.
The Polonne Porcelain Factory merged with Dobrush Porcelain Factory in the 1980's.
Polonne is an ancient city in the Khmelnitsky region in western Ukraine. Originally it was built as a castle fortress on the banks of the Khomora river. Its recorded history dates 998. After passing through many regimes, Polonne's status as village was finally settled in 1938, when it became a city. Well before, in the 1880s, porcelain and earthenware was produced on the Polonsky estate.