Shell Nativity

Shell Nativity

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.


The clay that was used for this Holy Family comes from river beds in Chenaulta, Guatemala. The shell and the figures were molded by hand and placed over a fire of pine bark, covered with grass.

Name: Shell Nativity
Artist: Unknown
Country: Guatemala
Material: Clay
Height: 4.5"
Width: 6"
Number of Pieces: 1
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Angel, Ox, Donkey, Sheep
Acquired: 2000

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