Painting - traditional Russian harness driving combination of Three horses
DED MOROZ is the Russian name for Grandfather
Frost who is also known as Father Noel,
Father Christmas and best known as Santa Claus.
This charming Father Frost was “hand carved and painted” of Linden wood in the Sergei Posad area of RUSSIA. Since each figure is individually made, it is the “unique” artistic expression of both the carver and the painter. Therefore, there may be slight variations.
ALEXANDRA INTERNATIONAL. a prime importer from Russia for some 30 years, had created the first Father Frost figures made in Russia. To this day, most of the Grand Father figures are made by individual artists in their homes – these are truly “cottage industry” creations. We know our sources and that is important because many Russian folk items offered both in Russia and on the Net are from the Orient and South Asia.
The Father Christmas patterned after St Nicholas as a Christian holiday tradition began in Russia during the time of Peter the Great. With the advent of Communism the celebration of Christmas and the visit of this this saintly figure was prohibited. Within a few years after the Russian Revolution the Communist government realized it needed a figure to replace the Santa figure and Christmas festivities.
Whatever they introduced could not be a Christian. Therefore, they went to their vivid Slavic folklore and adopted and adapted “Grand Father Frost” from the “Snow Maiden” folk tale. Father Frost was made of snow, ice and wind saves and cares for a young maiden left to die in the forest by her Father and wicked step-mother. He inherited all the good qualities of St Nicholas and Santa. The girl he protected became known as hos “grand-daughter” the Snow Maiden. Since he could not come on Christmas Eve the he came on New Year’s eve dressed in blue rather than red and did everything Santa would do!
MADE OF LINDEN WOOD IN RUSSIA
Hand carved from linden wood in Russia-signed by artist