This lovely Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted by the artist creating a lovely burgundy/wine and green/olive colored Santa with a scene on the front of his cloak. The scene is that of a group of children paying in the snow in a frozen, Siberian winter. The children are surrounded by their fun loving dogs as they play out an everyday scene - a horse drawn sleigh - although one little boy apparently drew the short straw and ended up in the role of the horse and is pulling a little girl in the sleigh. The other boy has reins around his "horse" and is cracking his whip to encourage him to go faster! SEE CLOSE UP PICTURES BELOW OF THE CHILDREN'S FACES! On the back of this statue, in Santa's pack, is a little bear peeking out of his hiding place - does Santa know his pack is filled with a bear instead of toys for all those good little boys and girls? 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. (Note: These are not mass produced molded resin from China. All Russian Santas are one of a kind 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 nice size Santa measures approximately 10 inches tall by 4 inches front to back.
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