This beautifully detailed Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted by the artist creating this truly magnificent Christmas decoration. Santa's cloak is painted in blues and golds while the top of his cap and his gloves are painted in reds and golds. Santa is holding a decorated Christmas tree in one hand and a decorated walking staff in the other. Santa's walking staff has little village scenes painted on both the front and back. Santa has such a kind expression on his face and a smattering of freckles across his nose and cheeks. The scene on the front is that of a Santa dressed in a red suit trimmed with white ermine fur sitting with a couple of children on his lap reading a bedtime story to them. There is a rocking horse, three Nutcracker soldiers, a bunny, and a couple of kitty cats all looking on. In the background is a decorated Christmas tree decorated with lit candles, bulbs, and garlands of beads. The scene on the back is that of a snowy village scene with children building a snowman, playing in the snow, and playing with their dog. Above the village a couple of angels with trumpets are looking down on the scene. SEE CLOSE UP PICTURES BELOW. This Santa is very lightly lacquered so it is easily cleaned and protected. The solid linden wood is dried for almost 2 years before it is carved. (Note: These are not mass produced molded resin from China. All our Russian Santas are one of a kind, unique, and hand carved from Linden Wood so no two Santas are ever identical.) This Grandfather Frost, as he is called in Russia, is made in Sergei Posad, Russia. This Santa is signed by the artist and measures just under 18.5 inches tall (to the top of his staff) by 13.75 inches across (from the edge of his staff to the edge of the tree).
THIS SANTA IS STUNNING - A COLLECTOR'S ITEM TO BE HANDED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION!!
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