Tale of the Host of Igor, Son of Svyatoslav, Grandson of Oleg (Слово о полку Игореве, Игоря сына Святославля, внука Ольгова. Enamel on copper with suspended chains and bar with title in Russian. A detailed plaque circa 1975-1980 with many knights and horses. The suspended chains add to the medieval imagery. The image here is almost iconographic (a rarity during Soviet times) with a dual depiction of the sun and moon and a Russian Orthodox church. 6¼" x 5¾" with top bar measuring 10" wide. In excellent condition with all chains intact. It has some heft to it as it weighs about a pound and a half.
The Tale, sometimes known as The Campaign of Igor is a well-known literary classic of Ancient Rus. The "Word" was written, presumably, at the end of the 12th century, shortly after the event described and often dated by the same year - 1185.
These types of Russian souvenirs were made with the support of The All-Russian Society for the Protection of Monuments of History and Culture, or VOOPIIK (Всероссийское общество охраны памятников истории и культуры (ВООПИиК)) - a public organization, which was established in the RSFSR in 1965 and continues to work in modern-day Russia. One of its production centers, in Moscow, was the Экспериментальный творческо-производственный комбинат Всероссийского общества охраны памятников истории и культуры «Русский сувенир» (ЭТПК). These Experimental Production Plants were responsible for making the ubiquitous pins known as "znachki", as well as many Olympic souvenirs.