"Stessel", Russian Santa, s129, 9"
This Santa is handcrafted in Moscow. It is carved out of linden wood in the walking posture and meticulously painted with acrylic. It is decorated with a winter scene with Russian troika in it.
Stessel was the representative in the United States of Russian Czar "Alexander II" who was in charge of negotiating the terms of sale of Alaska to the US in 1867.