This amazing Russian Santa Claus is hand painted by the artist creating this brightly colored red and gold Santa with a snowy troika scene painted on his costume. The scene is that of a traditional Russian troika dashing through the snow with a horse drawn sleigh following close behind and a couple of fat little bullfinches sitting on bare tree branches. This Santa is holding a beautifully decorated walking stick in one hand on the back of his pack is another fat little bird. Santa's cloak is a bright red with white and gold highlights and accents. This Santa is 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! (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 just under 12.5 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide.
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