This gorgeous blue, green and gold Russian Santa Claus is intricately hand carved, etched and painted by the artist creating this amazing Christmas decoration for your home! Santa's cloak is embedded with precious stones - 16 Malachite stones and 20 Chrysopase stones. If you look at the close-up pictures below, you can see the stones clearly in the pattern on the front and back of Santa's cloak. This Santa is painted with a scene on the front of his cloak - a quaint winter village scene with a golden domed Russian Orthodox Church and a villager driving a horse drawn sleigh with a Christmas tree on it. His cloak is also painted with raised dots of gold paint which, along with the embedded stones, give the cloak a raised texture. In fact, the golden onion dome of the church is a raised dot of gold paint which gives the tower a 3-D impression. Santa is holding a beautifully decorated staff which matches his cloak in one hand and a pack full of toys in the other. - the toys are carved and attached to the Santa on dowels. (SEE CLOSE UP PICTURES BELOW.) This Santa is lightly lacquered so it is easily cleaned and protected. The solid linden wood is dried for almost 2 years before it is carved. (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 size Santa measures just over 12.5 inches tall by 6.5 inches wide.
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