This remarkable hand painted Russian Santa Claus is painted with a group of children and animals all playing in a winter wonderland. The scene the front of this Santa is that of a couple of children playing in the snow with a snowman and feeding a bright red apple to a woodland deer. Santa is holding a treasure chest and has a mail satchel thrown over his shoulder - no doubt stuffed full of letters sent by all those good little girls and boys! The scene on the back of his cloak is that of another group of children playing in the snow! Santa also is carrying a beautifully decorated walking staff - which is decorated on both the front and back of the staff. 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 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! (Note: These are not molded or mass produced as are some molded resin Santas from China. All our Russian Santas are hand carved from Linden Wood and no two are ever identical!) This Grandfather Frost is made in Sergei Posad, Russia, and is signed by the artist. The Santa measures approximately 16.25 inches tall by 9 inches wide.
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