This hand carved Russian Santa Claus is intricately hand painted by the artist to enhance details in the face, beard and costume. Santa's cloak is bright red with white and gold accents or highlights. The scene on Santa's cloak is that of a traditional Russian Snowmaiden holding one of her forest friends for a couple of children to meet - notice one of the children removed her glove to pet the little bird! There is also a scene on Santa's pack of a couple of children sledding through the snow - perhaps trying to get to where the Snowmaiden is so they too can pet the sweet little bird! 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 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 no two are ever identical!) This Grandfather Frost (as he is called in Russia) is made in Sergei Posad, Russia and measures just over 12.5 inches tall by 7.25 inches wide.
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