Young Soccer Player (Юный футболист Касли). Marked "Касли 1981" and "Сделано в СССР" ("Kasli" and "Made in the USSR") clearly on the bottom of the figure. Cast iron (Dutch soot). Rich black color. New with original tag. 7" in height, 2¾" diameter at the base. Weighs 1⅓ pounds. 1 only, as shown.
Model was created in the early 1960's by artist and sculptor David I. Naroditsky (Давид Иосифович Народицкий - 1923-1999).
Nicely detailed lost-wax casting from the Kasli Iron Works in Yekaterinburg (Ekaterinburg) in the Ural Mountains, Russia. This significant mountain ridge forms the border between Europe and Asia. Kasli casting (named after the town of Kasli) is a metallurgical and metal-working plant which arose on the banks of the river Iset ( Исеть), and was one of the best of its kind in its day.