This fantastic hand carved Russian Santa Claus is intricately hand painted with fantastic detail creating this sweet scene on the front of his cloak. The scene is that of the traditional Russian Snow Maiden in a snowy forest with two red love birds and a sweet little doe watching her. And Santa is holding a snow covered Christmas Tree in one hand and a staff painted in purple which matches his cloak! Santa's purple cloak is accented with gold and white accents and highlights (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 signed by the artist. The Santa measures approximately 9 inches tall by 5 inches wide.
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