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The green-glazed buff earthenware body formed as a double-headed eagle supporting a covered ewer. On one side the eagle holds a baton raised in both talons, while on the other side the talons are placed on the ground.
A very similar model with a brown glaze is in the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg along with other ceremonial vessels for serving kvass. Kvass is a traditional Slavic and Baltic fermented beverage commonly made from black or regular rye bread.
Skopin potters began making simple wares for peasant households. In the second half of the 19th century the local craftsmen became famous for producing glazed figured vessels and candlesticks decorated with birds, fish and fanciful creatures. By 1900, Skopin Ceramics were exhibited at the International Paris Exhibition, and have appeared on modern stamps in Russia.
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