Nativities of the World

Nativities of the World

by Susan Weber
     
 

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Nativities from around the world in a dazzling variety of styles

Nearly one hundred nativities from all over the world—most of which have never before appeared in any book—are collected here. Artisans from locales as diverse as the Czech Republic, Guyana, Burkina Faso, and Bangladesh are represented. There are nativities made with materials ranging

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Nativities from around the world in a dazzling variety of styles

Nearly one hundred nativities from all over the world—most of which have never before appeared in any book—are collected here. Artisans from locales as diverse as the Czech Republic, Guyana, Burkina Faso, and Bangladesh are represented. There are nativities made with materials ranging from hand-carved wood, blown glass, and wool, to more unique materials such as salt dough, dried maguey cactus, and recycled bicycle parts. The artistry, ingenuity, and diversity of these creations are greatly prized by thousands of nativity collectors worldwide, many of whom have graciously allowed pieces from their own collections to be photographed for this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423632467
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
790,728
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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Italian Glass Ornament with Nativity (2011)

About 4 in. (10 cm.) tall

Private collection

Photograph by Blair Clark

Italian glass Christmas ornaments are blown by mouth using clear glass tubes heated over a gas flame. They are formed by hand while the glass is molten, rather than by using molds. Next, the interior is coated with a liquid silver solution to make the ornament reflective and shiny. Then the meticulous hand painting begins, followed by the glitter, the angel hair, and the careful gluing in place of the tiny nativity figures. The entire process may take a week. The result is quite lightweight, elegant, and perfect for a Christmas tree.

Curled Wood Nativity Ornament from Germany (1960S)

3 in. (7 cm.) tall

Private collection

Photograp h by Blair Clark

The special skill of cur ling wood calls for a ver y sharp tool, the right kind of wood, and lots of experience. This skill is a specialty of the Erzgebirge, a world-famous mountainous region south of Dresden along the Czech border. To make the ornament, the cur ls of wood were glued together to make a frame for the tiny nativity figures and a star. This delicate ornament was in the estate of a nativity collector.

Meet the Author

Susan Topp Weber has owned and operated Susan's Christmas Shop, on the plaza in Santa Fe, for more than thirty years. Susan lectures on New Mexico's Christmas traditions for Elderhostels held in Santa Fe and the Pueblos each December.

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