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“Jesus and the African Kings” Nativity

Thomas Kumah Nedjoh carved this uniquely African nativity scene from Ofram wood. Sitting in front of a hut, accompanied by shepherds and farm animals, the Holy Family receives the three Magi, represented as kings. The first king bears a stool throne as symbol of Jesus’ majesty, the second king proffers a gourd filled with gold, and the third king brings a state sword for oath-swearing. The man bearing a staff with a star is the spokesperson for the kings. Nedjoh carve each piece by hand with sublime detail to create a moving and endearing scene. The tallest piece is 9.5″ H x 5″ W x 3.5″ D. The smallest is 1.6″ H x 2.8″ W x 1.6″ D.

“Welcome Jesus” Nativity

This highly expressive nativity was carve in sustainable oniya wood by Francis Agbete. Flanked by a sheep, a lamb and a donkey, Baby Jesus is welcomed into this Ghanaian village. Mary kneels next to Jesus, with an angel standing above him. Joseph and a shepherd, both holding a staff protectively guard him. The Magi approach the Holy Family bearing their gifts. And a drumming animates the scene. The tallest piece is 3.5″ H x 1.6″ W x 0.8″ D. The smallest piece is 1.2″ H x 1.2″ W x 0.4″ D.

Francis Agbete was born December 28, 1976 in a family of traditional wood carvers in a suburb of Accra, the capital of Ghana. He learned the trade from his father whom he assisted in his workshop. While still in school he started his own workshop together with his sister and a cousin. Today they operate a workshop where his father’s work is exhibited as well.

Palm House Nativity

In this nativity the birth of Jesus is set in an African palm house. Carved by Francis Agbete from kapok or thorn wood, this nativity depicts the Holy Family in traditional Ghanian attire. This set includes the Holy Family, a shepherd with two goats, an angel, and three magi with gifts accompanied by a messenger.


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