Solid Bronze Bust of Lenin on a Pedestal.
The bust is 3 7/8" tall. Base measures 3 7/8" by 4" at the
bottom and is 4 6/8" in height. Overall height of complete
unit (base and bust together) is 8 5/8". The bust is solid
bronze and quite heavy. The base and pedestal are made of a
high quality zinc alloy painted black. The bust bolts to the
top of the pedestal through an opening in the top of the
column and the nut holding it in place can be accessed from
inside the hollow base. On the back of the bust are the
initials of the sculptor (NK) and the year it was made:
Overall very good condition. The bust shows no wear although
the tip of his nose does show one or two very light taps -
not very noticeable when sitting on a desk or a bookshelf in
indoor lighting. The finish on the base and the pedestal
show a number of oxidation spots but none of them detract
from the strong impression the ensemble still makes at first
sight; someone with modest skills as a painter could easily
unbolt the bust, give the base a good cleaning, and then
give it a new coat of matte or semi-gloss black paint.
This is undoubtedly a replica of a specific shrine-like bust
of Lenin once on prominent display somewhere in the former
USSR. The determined, angry look on his face raises the
possibility that the original full-sized bust was done much
earlier and the 1955 date simply reflects the point in time
that this miniature was cast.
There are still a few foyers and halls in Russia where one
can suddenly encounter similar busts - although now there
are no longer any spotlights highlighting them...