Large Gourd Nativity

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.

After the gourds are harvested, the outer green skin is removed exposing the light tan color underneath. The gourds are then cleaned and dried in the sun. The artist sketches a design onto the gourd with a pencil. Then the artisan carves the design into the gourd and enhances these by using a heated tool burn details into the design. The varying shades of black, orange and brown are due to varying the pressure and time of application of the heated metal tool used in the burning process.

Name: Large Gourd Nativity
Artist: Unknown
Country: Peru
Material: Other
Number of Pieces: 5
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, ox, donkey
Acquired: 2000

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