This beautiful Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted by the artist and is riding a polar bear. Santa's cloak is painted with bright reds and golds and his pack, which is slung over his shoulder, is painted in purples and whites - and both are painted with a metallic glitter paint which causes the Santa to shimmer under the lights. The polar bear which Santa is riding on, is painted with a sweet expression on his face and a matching collar! This statue is 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! (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, is signed by the artist, and measures just over 6.75 inches tall by approximately 6.5 inches front to back and 2 inches wide.
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