This stunning Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted by the artist in creating this fun scenic Santa with glimpses of children playing on a snowy, winter day. Please note the sweet expression on Santa's face - and there are bunnies and squirrels painted on both the front and back of Santa's cloak (see close up pictures below). On the front of Santa's cloak we see three little girls in traditional dress feeding bunnies and birds in a snowy forest. On the back of Santa's cloak, we see a little girl trying to keep her apple from a very pushy little bunny and a boy threatening to throw a snowball at her and the bunny! Santa is holding a brightly lit lantern high above his head with one hand and in the other is a beautifully decorated staff - and down by his feet is a snowy Christmas tree with pine cones! This Santa (or Grandfather Frost as he is called in Russia) is 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 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 approximately 16.75 inches tall (to the top of his lantern or 12 inches to the top of his staff) by 7.25 inches wide.
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