Grandfather Frost with Troika (Дедушка Мороз с Тройкой). A kindly Grandfather Frost with rosy cheeks, blue eyes, and plenty of white whiskers. He holds a regal staff signifying his Lordship over Winter. Richly decorated with "potal" ("поталь") enhancements, a form of gold foil decoration (the foil is called potal) that imitates gilding. The front painting of a galloping troika is enhanced with small metallic pieces of foil that appear to fluoresce and create depth. The painting is completely sealed with lacquer. Each piece has a different painting, and the last is gold with a snowbird. Signed by the artist, made near Moscow in Sergiev Posad. 5 nest, just under 7" down to 2½".
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.