Woolly Mammoth. This impressive, nay stupendous, porcelain sculpture was made at the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory using the manual underglaze painting technique. The tusks molded in milk white porcelain are a work of art unto themselves. This piece is a real looker! The author of the form is Ivan Ivanovich Riznich. 6⅞" in height, 13¾" in length.
Ivan Ivanovich Riznich (Иван Иванович Ризнич) 1908-1999 was born in Pavlovsk. After graduating from the local art school, he began his career in 1927 at the Leningrad Porcelain Factory (LFZ), where he worked until 1956 as a sculptor and painter of porcelain. He painted wildlife, was a master of porcelain painting at the LFZ plant, a talented sculptor, and a book illustrator.
The woolly mammoth is an extinct species of mammoth that lived during the Pleistocene until its extinction. Its closest relative is the Asian elephant, which it resembled in size. Before its extinction 10,000 years ago, the species coexisted with early humans.