Unique No Evils

Unieke HZZ - Einzigartige “3 Affen“




3-monkey statue

HZZ beeldje





Before 1945


Ca. 6” high

Ca. 15 cm hoogte

Ca. 15 cm hoch


It's very interesting item. The language is Slavonic with some archaic letters, such "yat" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yat

In Russian those letters disappeared in 1917-1918, but in Bulgarian was used till the end of World War II (not used in 1921-1923)

I think it is Bulgarian. Words on front are well-reading:

"don't know" (sure "know", not "speak")

"don't see"

"don't hear" (or "don't sense")

and behind

"Japan mystery"


Words on bottom I can’t read with confidence. It's probably name and place of manufacturer The name is similar "Banyu L. Rals" (?) "from Oreshak"


"Oreshak" or "Oreshek" in slavonic "small nut" - is the name of many historical town-fortresses. Bulgarian Wikipedia knows 2 Oreshaks:

* in center http://bg.wikipedia.org/wiki/Орешак_(Област_Ловеч)

* in east http://bg.wikipedia.org/wiki/Орешак_(Област_Варна)


I doubt whether second Oreshak is right - it's turkey-languaged village.


Total: if statuette is original, it's Bulgarian figurine, probably from Oreshak http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oreshak made before 1945 (but not from 1921 till 1923)

 Information by courtesy of Alexey, Moscow, Russia