This lovely Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted in blues, golds, and reds creating this ruddy, Old World Santa. The scene on the front of Santa's cloak is that of a snow covered Russian bridge over a river and a Russian Orthodox Church and golden onion domes in the background. Santa's beard starts off as pure white but the ends have a touch of brown paint - as if his beard started off brown but as it has grown, it has turned into the pure white beard that Santa is known for! Santa is holding a staff in one hand and a decorated pack in the other. The pack is decorated with a gold, bronze, and white curly-cue pattern. 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. All 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 approximately 8 inches tall by 5 inches wide.
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