World Nativity Traditions



Giusy Toscano


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terracotta, lava

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Giusy Toscano lives in Rome but is Sicilian of origin. The village of her family lies at the foot of Mount Aetna. Lava, the typical rock of the region is part of Giusy’s geographical heritage. The house of her parents is built on ancient rocks of lava. Thus, lava reminds Giusy of home. On her visits to her native Sicily she would take pieces of lava back to Rome and incorporate them into her artwork. The little village in this set is a tribute to home and family. It juxtaposes a representation of Mother and Child, they, too, placed on top of a small rock of lava. Together, Our Lady and the Christ Child represent a different kind of home: the joy and security in the one who calls himself the Prince of Peace.


Terracotta nativity set created by Giusy Toscano in Italy. The sculpture includes pieces of lava rock. The exact date of its creation is unknown. 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.


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

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