The Holy Family did a lot of traveling early on. While pregnant Mary went into the hillside to meet her cousin Elizabeth. Next Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, the town of Joseph’s ancestry where they were to register. It was in Bethlehem that Jesus was born. Then, on the advise of an Angel Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt where they. When Jesus was safe the Holy Family traveled to Nazareth where they settled till Jesus began his public life. This intimate bronze sculpture shows the Holy Family on their way to Egypt. Mary holds Jesus protectively and looks at him lovingly while Jesus is nursing. Concerned, Joseph looks ahead and leads the camel carrying Mary and Jesus on their way. Please note that often Mary is seated on a donkey.
This Nativity was hand-carved in mahogany wood and stained black so as to give it an ebony appearance. Some of the figures are delicately carved and look very elegant. Other have a more unfinished and heavier appearance.
This lovely Holy Family is carved out of wenge wood (millettia laurentii). This wood which is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo is very dark in color with a distinctive and strong pattern. The flowing lines of this piece are enhanced by the linear lines of the wood.
This Zulu Nativity was made by the women of Kwa Zigi Gimi in Northern KwaZulu, South Africa. Their specialty are hand-beaded dolls. Though originally used to make fertility dolls they applied this technique to create these nativity dolls.
In this nativity the birth of Jesus is set in an African palm house. Carved by hand from kapok wood or thorn wood, this nativity depicts the Holy Family in traditional Nigerian attire. This set includes the Holy Family, a shepherd with two goats, an angel, and three magi with gifts.
The figures in this nativity are made from wire frames wrapped with banana fiber and then dressed in traditional Kitenge fabric in shades of red. The scene contains 10 figures: Joseph, Mary, Jesus, two shepherds, two sheep, and three wise men kneeling with their gifts.