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Colonial Nativity Scene for a Posada


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This exquisite representation of the Holy Family is currently “undressed”, they would normally be dressed with traditional costumes. Both Joseph and Mary have carefully carved hand and feet details, and are called “de gonce” or articulated. Their articulated joints allow the pieces to be moved in various positions and gestures and of course, so that the outfits can be easily put in their bodies. Many Houses of Antigua had during the Colonial Era a large collection of Religious Images that decorated their home altars; the pieces were painted in blue to be later dressed by the owner according to his taste.  These colonial style carvings have glass eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows that embellish their sweet facial expression. This particular colonial-style hand carved nativity representation of the Holy Family reenacts the Virgin Mary and Joseph looking for shelter for Baby Jesus to be born in the traditional POSADAS. This small stand will be carried inside a showing case and will be paraded around the streets twelve days before Christmas. The images are both screwed into the stand so they can be moved around without falling. Their hands are still complete with the exception a very small fracture on the pointing finger of the virgin‘s left hand.   

Age: Approximately carved in the late 1800’s.
Ethnic Group: none
Origin: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez
Materials: Wood
Use: Religious Image
Technique: hand carved
Size: Approximately: Virgin: 13” x 4” x 4”; Joseph: 13” x 4” x 4”, stand: 15” x 10” x 1”
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