This lovely red and gold Russian Santa Claus is wonderfully hand carved and hand painted by the artist. Notice the detail on his cloak, the winter berries on his beard, the raised dots on his costume, and the pack thrown over his shoulder. Santa's cloak is painted in reds, whites and golds with raised dots of paint that give texture to not only his cloak, but also to his cap, gloves, and pack. This Santa also has the sweetest expression on his face - SEE CLOSE UP PICTURES BELOW. This Santa 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 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 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 just under 5.5 inches tall by 4.25 inches wide.
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