This brightly colored Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted in reds, golds, and whites. The artist has painted thick, raised dots of paint on Santa's cloak and cap which gives a raised texture. Notice the pocket watch on the front of Santa's cloak. The time on the clock is five minutes to midnight - remember that in Russia, Santa Claus or Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz) comes on New Year's Eve bringing gifts to the good little children at the stroke of midnight. Santa is holding a staff which is topped with a Christmas tree in one hand and is holding a blue and gold pack in his other hand! (SEE CLOSE UP PICTURES BELOW.) 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 under 8.25 inches tall by 4 inches wide.
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