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Approx. Size: 20" x 11 x 10
Hand Carved: solid wood
Christmas Blessings - This unique Santa wonderfully illustrates the Russian folk tale of "Snegurochka", the Snowmaiden. Tradition holds that on Christmas Eve in Russia, a young beautiful girl along with her grandfather Ded Moroz, "Grandfather Frost", travel from home to home delivering presents to well-behaved children. Like Santa Claus, the Snowmaiden grew in popularity within Russian folklore. As with tradition, the Snowmaiden depicted has a beautiful face and long braided blonde hair. She is dressed in a long light blue robe with white fur trim on the collar and cuffs. She wears a fur trimmed hat that matches her robe. Beside her is a toy bag with a scene of a happy, young curly haired girl putting finishing touches on a snowman as her puppy looks on. On the back of this piece is a magnificent scene of joyful Russian children celebrating the magic of Christmastime. The children are dressed in their brightest traditional outfits for this special occasion. Adorned with shiny ornaments and gold trimmed garland, a towering Christmas Tree marks the centerpiece of the background. The carved Santa is painted in rich dark and vibrant red tones and trimmed with holly leaves and berries on this coat and hat. A child angel rests atop of Santa's toy bag praying for the spirit of Christmas to be placed in the hearts of all. This Russian Santa is completely hand carved from solid linden with traditional carving knives, chisels and gouges. After sanding, each piece is hand painted in detail and signed by the artist. Each of these unique, hand-crafted Santas is a one of a kind work of art.