IT LOOKS LIKE SANTA IS GETTING READY FOR THE WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA!! APPARENTLY SKIING IS HIS SPORT! This fun hand painted Russian Santa Claus has amazing details in the face, beard, costume, and the skis and ski poles that he is holding. Notice the golden leaves and red winter berries on his pack! This Santa is painted in the unique style know as GOLDEN UZOR. With Golden Uzor painting, the artist layers the gold paint creating a raised pattern on the Santa's cloak which reflects under the light. This Santa is lightly lacquered so it is easily cleaned and protected. 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. This Santa (or Grandfather Frost as he is called in Russia) is made in Sergei Posad, Russia and is signed by the artist. It measures just over 10.25 inches tall by just under 5.5 inches wide from the tip of the skis to the back.
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GOLDEN UZOR PAINTING
This Santa has a special rare type of painting called “Golden Uzor.” Tatyana Makarova, the painter, painstakingly and carefully layers the paint a number of times in order to achieve the thick, raised, golden effect in Uzor painting. It may be difficult to see in the pictures, but it creates a unique look and feel in person. Currently we know of only two painters who are painting the traditional Uzor style on their hand crafted Santas. Tatyana Makarova is one of them. Her Santas are stunning!