This scene conveys an overall impression of earthly heaviness and of gravity turned into a still-life. It seems as if the burly and crouching figures had only recently and painfully emerged from earth and rock. They have heavy feet and heavy faces. They are creatures of the earth, but rock solid, reliable and trustworthy. They do not resent bending and bowing, for they are themselves close to the earth from which they have come. And so they are close to the baby who is himself one with the earth. So called crèche mountains place the holy family in a cave at the bottom of the mount. The incarnate God had to conquer all realms and strata of reality. The last realm he conquered was that of matter. The dirt and clay we all come from and to which we shall return. These plump and heavy figures, in color of sand and soil, interspersed with a few dots of color are a timely reminder of human condition, its predicament and hope-filled destiny.
Handcarved and handpainted wooden figures depicting the nativity of Jesus, created by Eddie Walker in 1997, in the United States. Exhibition label originally written by Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M. for exhibit entitled "At The Manger" and held at Roesch Library, University of Dayton.
crèches, nativity scenes, nativities, At the Manger, figurines, Jesus Christ, wood carvings, wood sculpture, United States