This retablo depicting the Nativity was created in a hallowed out gourd. Surrounding the Holy Family are the three Magi, an ox and donkey.
This Peruvian Retablo exemplifies the merger of Spanish Catholicism and Indigenous customs. After converting to Christianity Peruvians embraced the Spanish custom of creating portable shrines or retablos which were used for domestic devotions. These retablos were dedicated to saints or they depicted moments in the life of Jesus. The representation is often rendered in indeginous artistic idioms.