A beautifully carved Russian Santa from solid linden displaying craftsmanship at its finest. In the front, Santa's lilac and silver coat and majestic hat are exquisitely detailed with mother of pearl filigree on an intricately dusty silver and saturated amethyst background of leaves and wintry flowers. The colors of the coat change whimsically when you turn the Santa around. A striking sight meets your eyes - bold white, violet and silver colors interweave in a complicated and rich pattern that is nostalgically reminiscent of the clothing worn by the Russian Great Princes that ruled Russia in the past. The Santa holds an ornate staff in one hand. With his left arm Santa is hugging a big grizzly, who according to the Russian folkloric tradition is the first helper of the Russian Santa's granddaughter, the Snowmaiden.
Santa's face is chiseled to perfection, radiating wisdom, serenity and love. Signed by the renowned artist, Natalia Rasskazova, this piece is unique in its imposing stature, the complexity and balance of the work, and the fine hand carving. 21"H x 15.6"W x 12"D.
It took mastercarver and the master artist - thwo highly trained professionals - close to six years to craft this figurine: to dry the linden wood log ( almost five years), carve Santa out of it and intricately decorate in its unique way.
It is called after "Michael Romanov", the first Czar in the Romanov dynasty, who ruled Russia from 1613 till 1645.