This Russian Santa Claus has a very European or Old World look to him. He is not fat and jolly as Western Santas tend to be, but has the Eastern European look of the original St. Nicholas or Slavic look of a Grandfather Frost. This Santa is beautifully hand carved and hand painted by the artist to enhance details in the Santa, his beard (which is sprinkled with glitter giving the effect of sparkling in the light!) his costume, as well as the celestial design painted on his pack. Santa's cloak is painted in burgundies with a white pattern or accents painted all over it giving the look of a dusting of snow all over him (see close-up pictures below). This statue is lightly lacquered so it is easily cleaned and protected but it is not shiny. The solid linden wood is dried for almost 2 years before it is carved so it will last a lifetime. Linden wood was once used to make drafting boards because it is so stable once it is properly dried. It does not warp, change shape, or crack and this artistic piece will bring enjoyment for a lifetime! (Please Note: These are not molded or mass produced as are some molded resin Santas from China. All Russian Santas are hand carved from Linden Wood and no two are ever identical!) This Grandfather Frost, as he is called in Russia, is made in Sergei Posad, Russia and is signed by the artist. This Santa measures just over 10 inches tall by 3.5 inches across.
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