Small Clay Nativity

This native Cameroon village is made of clay by artisan Alphonse Yenji (pronounced Yen-i). The clay is shaped, fired in a kiln, cooled, and then dipped into a dye from boiled eucalyptus tree bark to make the bronze patina.

The 10 pieces include: Mary, Joseph, Jesus in a manger, three wise men, two camels, one shepherd, and one sheep. The tallest figures are 8 inches high.

Alphonse Yenji is sponsored by the Presbyterian Handicraft Centre, known as Prescraft, a nonprofit organization that supports local craftspeople. Prescraft provides employment for close to 800 artisans, 40 percent of whom are women.

Name: Small Clay Nativity
Artist: Alphonse Yenji (pronounced Yen-i)
Country: Cameroon
Material: Clay
Height: 8"
Number of Pieces: 10
Mary, Joseph, Jesus, 3 magi, 2 camels, 1 shepherd, 1 sheep
Acquired: 2000

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