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“Calaveras” Nativity Scene

Carved by hand from pinewood, this unique nativity scene is comprised of nine pieces. Jose Canil Ramos depicts the Holy Family with an angel, the Three Kings, a donkey and a cow. Though theologically questionable these folk art figures appear as calaveras, literally “skulls,” a popular theme in Guatemala for the annual Day of the Dead celebration, November 2. The tallest piece is : 6″ H x 3.7″ W x 1.6″ D. The smallest piece: 0.8″ H x 1.4″ W x 2.5″ D

Jose Canil Ramos was born on May 25, 1981 in Chichicastenango. He learned his craft from his father who used to carve masks and saints to sell at the Chichi market.  Jose now shares a workshop with his mother.