I came across a slip of paper that had this printed on it:
The Bear, sacred to Artemis, has been a totem of the Goddess in many cultures. Bears are clever, deliberate and curious, watching and learning from the world around them. Their hibernation is a metaphor of rebirth, the power of introspection and the knowing that comes from that place of silence. They are referred to as the Head of the Council of Animals because of their great strength, fairness and courage.
PORCELAIN BROWN MOTHER BEAR
Two talented artists collaborated to produce many of the "Porcelain Zoo" animal sculptures. Porcelain painter Viktor Zhbanov and sculptor/modeler Pavel Veselov. The fruit of their cooperation produced unique figures that are natural and distinctive in their poses.
The Lomonosov Porcelain Factory (Ломоносовский фарфоровый завод) has had a long history, starting with its name. When founded in 1744, it carried the name Imperial Porcelain Factory (Императорский фарфоровый завод). In 1925, it became Lomonosov, named after the scientist and writer Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765). Finally, in 2005, it came full circle and was renamed the Imperial Porcelain Factory.