This whimsical Russian Santa Claus has the sweet look of a "JOLLY OLD ELF" or "CHRISTMAS GNOME" and looks to be slightly stooped while carrying an overloaded pack! This Santa statue is intricately hand carved and hand painted by the artist to enhance details in the face, beard and costume. This Santa is painted in a unique style called GOLDEN UZOR in which the artist, T. Makarova, highlights Santa’s cloak with gold paint giving texture and a very ornate pattern. 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 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 11 inches tall by 6.5 inches wide.
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This Santa has a special rare type of painting called “Golden Uzor.” Tatyana Makarova, the painter, painstakingly and carefully layers the paint a number of times in order to achieve the thick, raised, golden effect in Uzor painting. It may be difficult to see in the pictures, but it creates a unique look and feel in person. Currently we know of only two painters who are painting the traditional Uzor style on their hand crafted Santas. Tatyana Makarova is one of them. Her Santas are stunning!