"Ivan I "Kalita", 20”H, ss1, Russian Unique Rare Wooden Collectible Santa
This is an amazing work of one of the best artists in the modern Russia: It is crafted exclusively by hand, and decorated wtih tempera and gouache. The linden wood log was five year “old” drying and winding out the moisture before the carver made a Santa out of it. Impressive size - more than 20”H- and unusual intricate painting with tempera and gouache along with impeccable quality make it one of the best creations of this kind. Unique!
The artist dedicated this work to Ivan 1 "Kalita", (1288-1340), Grand Prince of Russia whose policies increased the power of Moscow and made it one of the most powerful and richiest principalities of Russia.