Vintage USSR 1980 Moscow Olympics Porcelain Bear Mascot
Authentic porcelain Mishka bear mascot figurine created for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Please note that this is an original vintage item. The bear is in excellent condition.
Acquired from private collectors. Believed to be produced in 1977-79.
Misha also known as Mishka or The Olympic Mishka is the name of the Russian Bear mascot of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games (the XXII Summer Olympics).
The Misha doll was used extensively during the opening and closing ceremonies of the event. During the closing ceremony, a giant effigy of Misha the Bear holding a cluster of balloons was paraded in the stadium. On one side of the stadium where the Olympic Torch was situated, there was a placard mural of Misha which shed tears from his left eye. At the end of the ceremony, Misha with his balloons was released and rose in the air away from the stadium.