Height is 7", plinth is approx. 4" x 2 ½". In Silumin alloy.
The back shows the initials of the sculptor who created the
model for this bust and "81", the year of manufacture. In
Gorky (meaning "Bitter") was the pseudonym of Alexey
Maksimovich Peshkov, a famous Russian novelist considered the
father of Soviet literature and the founder of Socialist
Realism. After the Revolution, he preferred comfortable exile
in Italy despite his leftist views, but was eventually
persuaded to return by the Soviet Government. He died just a
few years later under murky circumstances that made many
suspect poisoning on orders from Kremlin (later his death was
conveniently blamed on "enemies of the people" during the
purge of NKVD in 1938).