Standing at just over a foot tall, this kind-faced Grandfather Bear is an artistic and unique play on a long-standing Russian tradition. Just as the Eagle is a symbol of America, and a dragon of China, a Bear is the Russian icon. Additionally, the bear was a symbol for Christ during the persecution of the Russian Orthodox faithful. This beautiful piece makes a commentary on survivng history and incorporating traditions into our lives once again. Hand carved and hand painted by Russian Master of Arts Elena Shiryaeva.