This fantastic Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted by the artist in creating this fun scenic Santa with glimpses of children waiting for Santa to show up and playing on a snowy, winter day. Please note the kind expression on Santa's face - as well as the expressions of the children 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 sisters in their pajamas holding their kittens waiting for midnight to arrive (remember that in Russia Santa comes at midnight on New Year's Eve bringing toys and treats to all the good little girls and boys). On the back of Santa's cloak, we see a number of little girls playing in the snow - one is collecting berries, one is holding a little bunny and others are trying to decorate a little Christmas tree! On Santa's large stuffed pack we see a snow covered cabin with a little girl building a snowman next to a large brightly lit Christmas tree. And if you look up in the sky, you can see Santa and his reindeer flying up and over the clouds silhouetted against the large, full moon! 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 12.25 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide.
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