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“Jesus and the African Kings” Nativity

Thomas Kumah Nedjoh carved this uniquely African nativity scene from Ofram wood. Sitting in front of a hut, accompanied by shepherds and farm animals, the Holy Family receives the three Magi, represented as kings. The first king bears a stool throne as symbol of Jesus’ majesty, the second king proffers a gourd filled with gold, and the third king brings a state sword for oath-swearing. The man bearing a staff with a star is the spokesperson for the kings. Nedjoh carve each piece by hand with sublime detail to create a moving and endearing scene. The tallest piece is 9.5″ H x 5″ W x 3.5″ D. The smallest is 1.6″ H x 2.8″ W x 1.6″ D.