Equestrian Sculpture, cast bronze on marble base, showing
Marshal Kliment Voroshilov as an outstanding Red Army
cavalry leader saluting his troops at the apex of his
This exceptional work of Soviet political sculpture art is
rendered in large scale and high quality and is probably one
of only a handful of castings which intended for important
officials or institutions. An excellent likeness, this
sculpture is a rendering of the 12 meter tall national
monument to Voroshilov in Lugansk, his birthplace.
Measures 15" tall by 14" tall x 4.5" wide and weighs
approximately 20 lbs (please note that special shipping
charges may apply due to size and weight.) This is an
excellent size for a collection centerpiece or a commanding
Voroshilov was perhaps the ultimate Soviet: revolutionary,
solider, commander, politician, Stalin confidant, and a
survivor who enjoyed a peculiar longevity within the "inner
circle." A Bolshevik from 1903 on, Voroshilov was an active
revolutionary prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and an
outstanding Red Army commander in the civil war. As
commissar for military and naval affairs, later defense,
Voroshilov helped reorganize the Red Army. In World War II
he served as commander of the northwestern front and at one
point in the early phases of Operation Barbarossa, he is
said to have personally led a counter attack with his
pistol. Although his critically important defense of
Leningrad failed to prevent encirclement, he managed to
retain Stalin's favor. And while his strategic skill proved
ineffectual in fighting mechanized warfare against Germans,
a series of KV tank was named after him.
Voroshilov was one of Stalin's very few trusted associates
and escaped the purges, in which he was heavily involved.
He was a member of the politburo of the central committee of
the Communist party from 1926 and a member of the Supreme
Soviet from 1937. A close associate of Stalin, he became
chairman of the presidium of the supreme council of the USSR
(i.e., president of the USSR) on Stalin's death in 1953.
Implicated by Khrushchev in the 1957 "antiparty faction", he
was forced to resign in 1960 and was dropped from the
central committee in 1961. After Khrushchev's ouster he was
reelected to the central committee in 1966. He died in 1969
in Moscow and his remains are buried in the Kremlin Wall
Vorishilov came from the city of Lugansk, which was renamed
Voroshilovgrad in 1935. In 1958, during repudiation of the
Stalin cult, it was renamed Lugansk, then reverted to
Voroshilovgrad in 1970. Finally, by a decree of the
Ukrainian Parliament in 1990, the city's name reverted to
Lugansk (Luhansk in Ukrainian). However, the monument to
this famous Soviet remains a tourist attraction. The city
has recently caught world's attention as one of the centers
of the pro-Russian secessionist rebellion. If Luhansk region
does break away from Ukraine and joins Russia, it is not
impossible to imagine that the city will be renamed
Voroshilovgrad once again...
This magnificent statue probably dates to the early 1980s,
and is in excellent condition. Around the horse's front
right hoof, there is a slight hairline crack to the ground.
Otherwise solid, with no other cracking present, and no
wobble. There are a few small greenish oxidation spots, some
at the front right leg where it meets the body, also a small
amount of spots on the greatcoat in this area and above the
sword hilt. Genuine polished marble base is brown / pink
hues, which may be same or similar as used in Lenin's tomb.
There are some very minor chips to the lower edge of the
marble base at the rear. Bottom is covered in felt. Name
of artist or metalsmith or possibly the original owner
"Posyado A. I." inscribed by hand into the bronze base.
All in all, a highly impressive piece of bronze statuary of
an important historical figure, perfectly suited for the
most advanced Soviet collection.