What a fantastic Christmas decoration! This Russian Santa is hand carved and hand painted in the GOLDEN UZOR style where the artist, T. Makarova, highlights Santa’s cloak with gold paint giving texture and a very ornate pattern. Santa's cloak is painted in a bright red and black with golden filigree and white snowflakes. His pack is painted dark blue with golden flowers on it. This Santa is lacquered so it is shiny and is easily cleaned and protected. The solid linden wood is dried for almost 2 years before it is carved. (Note: These are not mass produced molded resin from China. All Russian Santas are one of a kind unique and hand carved from Linden Wood so no two Santas 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 nicely sized Santa measures just over 10.5 inches tall by 6.25 inches wide (to the edge of his staff).
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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!