Stalin, bust in cast iron, dated 1946.
Measures 10" (approx. 26 cm) tall, 6" wide across the
shoulders; diameter of the plinth is 3 ½" at the base.
Weighs 8 lb. Produced by the famous Kasli Iron Works. The
back of the plinth is marked "1946" and shows the name of
the sculptor who had created the original artwork, "P(avel).
Anikin"(both the date and name are now covered by a thick
layer of paint and therefore barely noticeable.)
This very impressive image is harking back to traditional
portrayals of the heroes of antiquity or more recently, the
well-known series of busts of Russian Emperors (even though
the sculptor would categorically deny any of that). The
Soviet leader is in dress uniform of Generalissimo with full
chest of decorations. Note however that unlike the later
portraits, he is wearing only one Order of Victory and a
single Hero Star. This late war image of Stalin is far less
common than the far more familiar post-WW2 or pre-war
The bust has been repainted as is often the necessity with
older Kasli and Kusa cast iron statues to protect them from
rust. Its coat of black paint however is a good match to the
original finish that the bust had when it left the factory.
Otherwise, it's in excellent condition: there are no dents,
noticeable dings or rust.
This bust is a rare survivor of the Khrushchev's "de-
Stalinization" campaign of the late 50s. Its size is ideal
for a display on a bookshelf or mantel; it can be an
outstanding conversation piece and a superb focus point of a
WW2 militaria collection. We have seen recent replicas of
this bust that are currently manufactured in Russia. Those
however lack the fine details and character of the
Please note, medal in our photo is for size reference.