This wonderful Russian Santa Claus encompasses both sides of the Christmas season - the religious aspect with the Nativity scene as well as the secular side with this sweet, kind Santa! The scene on the front of Santa's cloak, shows the Blessed Virgin Mary lovingly looking upon her newborn babe. Joseph and a holy angel are looking on as well. There are a couple of other scenes painted on Santa's pack - on the front is that of another angel looking down from the heavens and on the back is a winter, night village scene with a bridge and a snow covered church with its windows brightly lit. Santa is also holding a candle lit lantern and is standing on a base that looks like the stump of a large tree. SEE CLOSE UP PICTURES BELOW. This Santa (or Grandfather Frost as he is called in Russia) is lightly lacquered so it is easily cleaned and protected. The solid linden wood is dried for almost 2 years before it is carved. 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! (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 each one is a unique piece!) is made in Sergei Posad, Russia. This Santa is signed by the artist and measures just over 12.5 inches tall by 7.25 inches wide.
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