This amazing Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted and he is sitting on a large Russian Polar Bear - and the two of them look like they are just starting off in a snowstorm as the snow swirls around the Polar Bear's feet! Santa's face is very lifelike and his cloak is painted in bright reds, golds, blues and whites and he is holding a large pack under his arm. Please notice the scene painted his pack of snow covered mountains along the banks of an icy lake. The polar bear is carved and painted in such incredible detail creating the life-like fur, the detail in his claws, as well as the details in his face, eyes, ears and tongue (SEE CLOSE UP PICTURES BELOW). This statue is lightly lacquered so it is easily cleaned and protected but it is not shiny. This Santa is formed out of several solid pieces of wood - and the Polar Bear comes off the base for storage. 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! (Please 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. The Santa measures approximately 16 inches tall by 17.75 inches wide, and 7.5 inches front to back.
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