Traditional Russian Hospitality (Традиционное Русское Гостеприимство). A delicately painted Russian girl in a light pink dress and green kerchief carries bread and salt on a tray decorated with an embroidered runner. Dulevo (Дулево) Porcelain Works, mid to late 1960s. Factory "Falcon" backstamp. 4¾" in height. About fine condition, light wear. 1 only, as shown.
Bread and Salt (Хлеб и соль). Old Russian culture, together with many of the Slavic cultures, has a welcoming greeting ceremony, in that one offers bread, associated with hospitality, and salt, associated with a long friendship. It is customary immediately after the wedding for a new bride to be welcomed into a family in this manner.
Dulevo (sometimes Dulyovo) Porcelain Works (Дулевскй фарфоровый завод) is one of the most famous Russian (and former Soviet) porcelain manufacturers. The works were founded in the Dulevo wasteland (now Likino-Dulevo) in 1832 by famed Russian merchant Terenti Kuznetsov (Теренти Кузнецов).