This fabulous hand painted Russian Santa Claus has gorgeous details in the face, beard, costume, and scene. The scene is that of a winter wonderland - complete with a snow covered home with a frozen lake out front. The children are ice skating and sledding alongside a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. The scene on the back of Santa's cloak is that of a row of snow covered houses along a lane with a horse drawn carriage coming down the street past a friendly snowman being built by a little boy. Santa's cloak is painted in blues with white accents and swirls - giving the impression of snow blowing in the wind - and Santa is holding a beautifully decorated staff which matches his cloak. 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 it is properly dried. It does not warp, change shape, or crack and this artistic piece will bring enjoyment for a lifetime! Please Note: These are not molded or mass produced as are some molded resin Santas from China. This Santa (or Grandfather Frost as he is called in Russia) is made in Sergei Posad, Russia and is signed by the artist and measures just under 10.25 inches tall by just over 5.75 inches wide.
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