This papier mâché statue represents Ded Moroz, a Russian gift-giver whose name translates roughly to Father Frost. He is similar to Santa Claus, a magical man bringing gifts to children on New Year's Eve, but wearing traditional Russian clothing, including a long coat and rounded fur hat. Ded Moroz is often accompanied by Snegurochka, depicted as his helper or granddaughter, whose name means The Snow Maiden. The statue was brought back from Russia in the early 1960s by Margery Meers, who had worked for two years at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow.
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