This bright and shiny Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted in winter blues, tans, and golds. Notice the gold edging on his cloak and the detail on his dapper vest, striped trousers and sturdy boots. There are also snowflakes painted on his costume and mittens. (See close up pictures below.) 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 statuette is 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! (Note: These are not molded or mass produced as are some molded resin Santas from China. All our 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. The Santa measures just over 9 inches tall by 4.25 inches wide.
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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!