SO THIS IS HOW SANTA GETS AROUND AT THE SOUTH POLE!! This Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted creating this fantastic statuette with a realistic and lifelike face. Santa's cloak, trousers and boots are painted in reds, golds, blues and whites and he is holding a bright blue bag under his arm - and his pack has a quaint winter scene 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, and ears (SEE CLOSE UP PICTURES BELOW). This statue is lacquered so it is easily cleaned and protected. This Santa is formed out of several solid pieces of wood. 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 by the artist. The Santa measures approximately 16 inches tall by 17.75 inches wide, and 5.5 inches across.
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