This terrific looking hand carved Santa Claus statue is hand painted by the artist in Russia and is a wonderful gift for collectors of Santas! This Santa has a peaceful Old World look to him and a kind expression on his face. His cloak is blue with white and gold highlighting and has scenes painted on the front and back. Santa is holding a lovely walking staff which is painted on the front and back with lovely little birds. Santa also has a mail satchel hanging over his shoulder - which is probably filled with letters from all those good little girls and boys! The scene on the front is that of three chubby little girls playing in a snowy wood with their friendly dog. The scene on the back is that of children sledding down a snowy hill as the snow comes drifting down. (SEE CLOSE UP PICTURES BELOW.) This Santa is very 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 mass produced molded resin from China. All Russian Santas are one of a kind, unique, and hand carved from Linden Wood so no two Santas are ever identical.) This Grandfather Frost, as he is called in Russia, is made in Sergei Posad, Russia and is signed by the artist. This nice sized Santa measures approximately 11.75 inches tall by 7 inches wide.
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