Painted Tin Nativity

This bright and colorful nativity is made in painted tin. Unlike many of the typical tin nativities each one of the 10 shiny figurines stands on its own without a support piece in the back. The set of brightly colored figurines include

Hojalata  or tin art work is undoubtedly one of the least known, most versatile, and most beautiful expressions of Mexican folk art is. Since the 1500’s, this humble metal has been made more pleasing by being shaped, stamped, punched, painted and cut into a wide variety of decorative and functional artwork. These days, Mexican artisans use natural, oxidized and brightly lacquered tin to create ornaments, mirrors, lanterns and other decorative pieces such as this nacimiento. 

Name: Unknown
Artist: Unknown
Country: Unknown
Material: Unknown
Number of Pieces: 10
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, an angel, three magi, a donkey, an ox and a sheep
Acquired: 2011

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