This sweet Russian angel is hand carved and hand painted by the artist creating this wonderful little statuette. This angel is wearing a lavender colored gown decorated with lavender flowers and gold leaves. She also has a detailed gold design painted along her collar, the cuffs of her sleeves, as well as the front and bottom edge of her cloak. You will notice that this angel is looking slightly off to the side - this is a common way to carve or depict angels in the Russian Orthodox faith. Looking straight on implies pride while looking off to an angle or looking down implies humility or meekness. Usually, Russian artists will not sign religious works of art for the same reason (the words on the bottom of this angel are Sergei Posad - which is the art school/city where the artist studied.) This statuette is very lightly 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 and statues are one of a kind, unique, and hand carved from Linden Wood so no two are ever identical.) This beautiful angel is made in Sergei Posad, Russia and measures just over 6 inches tall with a wingspan of just over 4 inches wide.
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