This remarkable and very detailed Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted by the artist creating this wonderful piece of artwork. Santa has the sweetest expression on his face and a long, flowing beard! Santa's cloak is painted in browns and golds with a fantastic gold pattern all around the edges and on the back. The scene on the front is that of traditional Russian cabins in a snowy county-side with snow covered trees and bushes while Santa himself rides in a horse drawn sleigh with his pack full of goodies and a Christmas tree. Santa's cloak is painted in gold metallic paint which causes it to shimmer under the lights and is dotted with dots of paint to give the impression that precious stones or jewels are sewn into the fabric of the cloak. Santa is holding a beautifully decorated walking staff in one hand and has his pack in the other. 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 12.25 inches tall by 9 inches wide.
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