Following the advise of an angel and fearing King Herod would kill Jesus, Joseph took his family to safety in Egypt. This version of the flight shows the Holy Family as they pause for a moment. Joseph is wearily leaning on his staff. Mary holds the baby Jesus on her lap. Jesus is depicted holding his hands un prayer. Jose Canil Ramos honors the Holy Family with these two pinewood sculptures, carved and painted by hand.
This Nativity is known in Guatemala as a “Shell Nativity” due to the shape and the scalloped edges of the grotto. An Angel hovers over the Holy Family which is surrounded by an ox, donkey and a sheep.
This charming nativity was created by José Canil Ramos. José presents the usual depiction of the Christmas narrative using traditional Guatemalan arts. Baby Jesus is welcomed by Mary and Joseph, as well as the archangel Gabriel, the Three Wise Men wearing golden crowns, and a donkey and cow.