This bright red and gold Russian Santa Claus is intricately hand painted by the artist to enhance details in the face, beard and costume - including the Troika Scene painted on the front of his cloak. Notice the gold highlights and edging on his cloak as well as the large Christmas Tree over his shoulder. This artist uses a technique of highlighting Santa's beard with gray to give it a smoky look (see close up pictures below). 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 properly dried. It does not warp change shape or crack and this artist piece will bring enjoyment for a lifetime! (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 initialed by the artist. The Santa measures approximately 8 inches tall by 5.25 inches wide.
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