This fantastic hand painted Russian Santa Claus is painted with a Nativity scene of the Holy Family. Baby Jesus is laying in his manger padded with straw while his mother Mary and Joseph look on. Three shepherds and their sheep are on their knees worshiping the baby. Santa is carrying a walking staff in one hand and holding a patched toy bag in the other. Santa's cloak is painted in an olive green with white and bronze edging and highlights. The collar and cuffs of Santa's overcoat as well as the edge of his cap are painted with gold metallic paint which shimmers in the light. And the grain of the wood is clearly visible through the paint! SEE CLOSE UP PICTURES BELOW. This Santa 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 is made in Sergei Posad, Russia, and is signed by the artist. The Santa measures just over 8.75 inches tall by 4.25 inches wide.
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