Bronze Stein with Malachite
Lid and Handle Inserts
Kiev, Russia circa 1950’s
A newer (1950’s) bronze
tankard from the Kiev, in the Ukraine. The scenes celebrate two of the
city’s great monuments.
Side one: Bogdan Khmelnitsky Statue
Bogdan Khmel'nitsky (1595-1657) was the
leader of the Ukrainian Cossack uprising against the Poles, with the
aim of achieving an independent Ukrainian state. At Christmas 1648, he
made a triumphant entry into Kiev, where he was hailed as, "The Moses,
saviour, redeemer, and liberator of the people from Polish captivity".
The statue of him mounted on a horse is now one of the city's great
Side Two: Monument to the Founders of Kiev
Legends say the city of Kiev was founded by
four siblings. The three brothers, Kyi, Schek and Khoryv, and their
sister Lybed supposedly showed up during the 5th century and named the
new city after the oldest brother, Kyi. The statue depicts a boat,
presumably the one they arrived on upon founding Kiev, with the three
brothers armed with spears and a bow in the stern, and then Lybed
perched on the bow facing into the wind with her arms raised, as if she
might feel like she is flying.