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AlexanderIII

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Russian
Hi, everybody,
This is an expression I've come across in the novel by Adrian McKinty "Fifty Grand".
The house the action takes place in presumably belongs to a sculptor.

I follow the man into a small cluttered living room. Hummel figurines, crystal animals, Indian tapestries, a beautiful worn rug hanging over the brickwork at the chimney, Chinese-style screen prints on the other walls.

Crystal animals might mean little animals (insects) enclosed in a piece of crystal glass or other transparent material. It might be also a figurine made of this material. I wonder if a native speaker can tell which one.
 
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