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    Lenin's bust in solid bronze, dated 1925.

    Lenin's bust in solid bronze, dated 1925.

    Stands slightly over 8 1/2" tall, plinth measures 4" x 3 ". This piece weighs an incredible 14 lb - about four times the weight of most other Soviet bronze busts of comparable size that we have encountered over the years. The heft is apparently due to rather crude casting which resulted in very thick walls of the statue: the front portion of the plinth in particular measures ". The reverse has raised date "1925" - the first year following Lenin's death in January 1924. The front portion of the plinth at some point apparently had a presentation engraving; it was removed long time ago judging by dark patina acquired over the following decades.

    The bust is in good overall condition. There are dents to the nose, mustache and tip of the beard, probably a result of a fall onto a hard surface. A chunk of bronze is missing on the back of the head, possibly a casting flaw. The bust also has small dings and scratches throughout. The very attractive dark toning to the bronze nevertheless hides most of the defects, and the bust looks quite impressive even at close inspection. This piece by an unknown sculptor is a real enigma, one of the earliest bust of Lenin one may ever hope to find and certainly worthy of future research.


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