World Nativity Traditions





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The region of Guerrero is known for its local lacquerware and abundance of floral and geometric motifs. he shiny little figures are a mere pretext to splurge on colors. The treasure chest of this set is the little palace whose walls are covered with painted flowers and birds. The Christ child is no longer confined to the traditional shack, a roof set on four poles and open on all sides. He is now recognized as the "newborn king" and "Lord of new creation." Recognition generates tradition, and tradition creates shrines to harbor precious memories. But who will be challenged by enshrined memories? Learn from the two dogs in the background. Barking unisono they untiringly greet the newborn king.


13 handmade figurines, made by a Temalacatzingo artisan in Guerrero, Mexico, and coated with lacquer. The figurines depict Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, two angels, three Magi, one donkey, one lamb, two dogs,and one hut. Exhibition label originally written by Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M. for exhibit entitled "At The Manger: No Place Like Home" held at Roesch Library, University of Dayton.


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crèches, nativity scenes, nativities, At the Manger, figurines, Jesus Christ, Guerrero (Mexico : State)

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