World Nativity Traditions



Mohammed Amin


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Creation Date

after 1990



Exhibition Label

This scene of sober beauty by prize-winning artist Amin from Ghana, conveys some of the tranquil and serene depth of people who know themselves to be in tune with ebb and flow--the tides of life. The scenery which forms the backdrop suggests a wide open space, infinity couched in the hazy topography of endless vales and mountain ranges. Rolling in from the front of the set, green battles brown. Its gaining ground but periodically has to retreat again. This is the law of nature in two times, two movements: a season of rain and life, and a season of drought and death. The figures match this African symphony. Firmly grounded in the green color of life, they are a monument to hope, growth and future. Each one of them is a world in itself, beautiful and fragile. What unites these little worlds is mother and child reclining on a carpet made of colorful fabric. The threads of tender bonding, though invisible but felt, bring this African symphony to completion.


12 pieces of hand-sculpted clay, created by the artist Mohammed Amin in Ghana. Exhibition label written by Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. originally for exhibition entitled "African Symphony" held at Roesch Library, University of Dayton.


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crèches, nativity scenes, nativities, At the Manger, figurines, Jesus Christ, Ghana

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