This fantastic brightly colored red, gold a white Russian Santa Claus is wonderfully hand carved and hand painted by the artist. Notice the elegant detail on his cloak - from the design made up of hundreds of dots of paint on his cloak, cap, and gloves. Santa has an ornately decorated staff in one hand and the solemn little Nutcracker soldier in his other! Hanging from his waist sash is a clock which says 11:55 - remember that in Russia Santa comes on New Year's Eve at the stroke of midnight bringing toys and gifts to all the good little Russian boys and girls. This Santa has a lovely Old World look to him with the rustic looking beard and the sprig of holly or Rowan berries caught in it! Santa's face has a sweet, kind expression on it. 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 (as he is called in Russia) is made in Sergei Posad, Russia, and is signed by the artist. This Santa measures just under 13.5 inches tall by 6.25 inches wide.
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