WHAT A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY DECORATION!! This Russian statuette is hand carved and hand painted creating this lovely brightly colored Santa Claus sitting on a sweet, kindly looking polar bear. Santa is sitting on a decorative blanket and has sprigs of Rowan or red Winter berries caught in his beard. The polar bear is carved and painted in such incredible detail creating the life-like fur, face, eyes, and ears - and is wearing a bell around his neck! (SEE CLOSE UP PICTURES BELOW). This statue is lacquered so it is easily cleaned and protected. This Santa and polar bear are formed out of several solid pieces of wood and are mounted on a stand which comes off for storage. 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 and is signed by the artist. The Santa measures just under 13 inches tall by 16.25 inches wide, and 7 inches across!
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