Ermine. Another name for this animal is the stoat or weasel. In the winter, its coat is pure white. In folklore, Mary Magdalene was depicted as wearing its white pelt symbolizing her reformed character. Historically, it has had a rocky relationship with New Zealand.
Approximately 7¼" x 4¾". With the collectible "Made in USSR" backstamp. 1 only.
Two talented artists collaborated to produce many of the "Porcelain Zoo" animal sculptures. Porcelain painter Viktor Zhbanov and sculptor/modeler Pavel Veselov. The fruit of their cooperation produced unique figures that are natural and distinctive in their poses.
The Lomonosov Porcelain Factory (Ломоносовский фарфоровый завод) has had a long history, starting with its name. When founded in 1744, it carried the name Imperial Porcelain Factory (Императорский фарфоровый завод). In 1925, it became Lomonosov, named after the scientist and writer Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765). Finally, in 2005, it came full circle and was renamed the Imperial Porcelain Factory (or Manufactory), or IPM, for short.