This vintage clay nativity was made in the 1970ies in Peru. It is one piece comprising several figures: Mary and Joseph, the Christ Child, the three Magi and the traditional Ox and donkey.
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Gold Chulucanas Nativity
This elegant Nativity is from Chulucanas, a town situated on the side of Mt. Vicús in the northwestern coastal region of Peru. Chulucanas is well known for its rich and ancient tradition of pottery making. The technique used is known as “reverse technique” and has been handed down from the ancient pre-Columbian inhabitants of this region. Their ceramics are displayed today in some museums under the name of Vicus pottery.
Usually monochrome brown or black this stylized Chulucanas Nativity is set apart by it’s complex coloring highlighted by the gold.
This nativity is made available through Allpa.
Black Chulucanas Holy Family
This Holy Family is from Chulucanas, a town situated on the side of Mt. Vicús in the northwestern coastal region of Peru. Chulucanas is well known for its rich and ancient tradition of pottery making. The techniques used today have been handed down for centuries. They were developed during the time of the Vicús culture which was an important early culture in Peru dating back to between 1000/200 BCE to 300/600 CE.
Elongated Holy Family
This funky depiction of the Holy Family is characterized by the elongated appearance of the figurines.
Short-body Holy Family
Short-body Holy Family
Made out of painted clay, this highly stylized Nativity features Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus in a manger.
This retablo depicting the Nativity was created in a hallowed out gourd. Surrounding the Holy Family are the three Magi, an ox and donkey.
Large Gourd Nativity
This nativity was made using one of oldest and most traditional example of Peruvian handicraft. Each gourd is selected to match the figure it is to represent: Jesus, Mary, Joseph, ox, donkey.
Born in a Canoe
This nativity depicts the Holy Family in a traditional reed canoe, known as a caballito de totora. The sacks in the canoe are intended as offerings to the land. The figures are hand-molded in clay, painted and fired.
This Holy Family was created by Alberto Aparicio Canchari. Alberto was born in Ayacucho in 1965. He is a dedicated ceramist, inspired by the customs and beliefs of Andean villages.
Brown Clay Holy Family
This rendition of the brown glazed Holy Family is charming and disarming in its simplicity. The closeness between Mary, Jesus and Joseph is emphasized by shaping them out of one mold.
Carved Gourd Nativity
Though one might have the impression this nativity has been painted on a gourd, rather the design has been burnt and etched into a gourd. Gathered around the Christ Child are Mary, Joseph, ox and donkey. A light from heaven envelops Jesus. The Magi approach the Holy Family offering their gifts..