Grandfather Frost in the Village (Дед Мороз в деревне). A pair of playful snowmen with a rustic village behind them. The second doll shows two additional snowmen with a crescent moon above the village. The third and fourth show snowmen juggling snowballs and admiring snowbirds. The last doll is a miniature Grandfather Frost in red. An interesting detailed "kustar" (see below) egg nesting doll from Sergiev Posad. Painting, wood burning, raised dot patterns and lathed shapes. 5½" in height.
Cottage industry workers (Кустарная промышленность) was important for rural peasants and their families in parts of Russia starting in the 16th century and developed extensively during the 19th century, producing a wide range of arts and crafts in wood, textile, and metal. Some of the more enterprising formed cooperatives. These vintage and antique items are highly sought after these days.
The archetype of Santa Claus, Jack Frost and Grandfather Frost is the Master of Cold, Winter and Frost. Generally an old man with a flowing white beard, a staff signifying that he is the ruler, and a warm overcoat and boots. In Russia, the homeland of Grandfather Frost is Arkhangelsk.