"Belka and Strelka" Pair of Porcelain Space Dogs
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Commemorating the successful August 19, 1960 space flight of the Soviet Space Dogs, Belka and Strelka, is this hand-painted pair of porcelain dogs from Russia. 'Gzhel' ceramics are named for the region near Moscow where artisans have been producing this distinctive style of pottery, traditionally with a blue and white glaze, since the early 19th century.
The dog pair is hand made and signed by Honored Artist of Russia, Y.N. Garanin. Due to the hand made nature of this item, each one is unique and the dogs all have slightly different, but always confident, expressions. Please note that you will receive a similar but different pair from the one shown.
The two dogs are slightly different in size and are approximately 2.5 to 2.75-inches wide.