World Nativity Traditions





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ceramic, ceramic glaze

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Popular art has a tendency to stylize its objects, and to empty them of individual traits. The result is frequently one of harmonious uniformity favoring color and ornamental motifs. This applies to the art of the Ndebele artisans. They are renowned for their use of lustrous glazes and hand-fired raku. The recurring flower motif is like a logo for life.


12 raku figurines, created by Ndebele artisans in South Africa in 2003. The figurines depict Mary, Joseph, infant Jesus, the three kings, and several animals. The figurines have been hand-sculpted and glazed. 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, raku, South Africa

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