This is just one of the lovely Russian-made treasures to be found in our shop. Each is a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, hand carved and hand painted from Russia with love. This particular piece is one of our nicest and $295.
The Russian Santa (Ded Moroz) is the descendant of the
folklore Morozka, who was initially an evil character who
would steal children from their parents. Over time, he
became kind and began to give presents to children. The
Russian Santa is accompanied by his granddaughter,
Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden. She is dressed entirely in
white and usually wears a decorated crown.
You might be interested to know that a master carver of the
Russian Santas (and other items such as angels) may take
1 – 2 months or longer to complete a carving. The carver
starts with one single large piece of dried and aged linden
wood. He must then start to make the log take shape and
that is where the talent is displayed!
The Russian artist then takes over. The artist gets the blank
form of unfinished linden wood and must make a plan for
the design or pictures that will make the Santa come alive.
Many of the pictures painted on the Russian Santas are
scenes from fairy tales, the Russian countryside or other
folklore. The troika is very popular as are Father Frost and
the Snow Maiden, Snegourcha. Most of the Russian
Santas have the pictures painted on the front of the Santa’s
cloak and the back of the cloak is painted with a floral