World Nativity Traditions



Walter Werner


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wood, paint

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Representative of the rich crèche culture of the Erzgebirge region of East Germany, this set was crafted by Seiffener artist, Walter Werner. Its many figures are of rounded wood, of simple and almost childlike forms, but adorned with great love of detail for both color and accessories. Angels have red wings, the camel carries baskets with manifold, colorful gifts, Joseph has a green broad-rimmed hat, and Herod looks exceedingly grim. In fact, this nativity also shows the flight into Egypt, with Herod's regiments in pursuit of the Holy Family. The infant Messiah is adored and persecuted, anticipating thus the future destiny of his person and mission. He remains a challenge to this day to both those who adore him and those who persecute him.


Handcarved and handpainted wood figurines depicting the nativity of Jesus, created by Walter Werner in Erzebirge, Germany. 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, wood carvings, wood sculpture, Erzgebirge (Czech Republic and Germany)

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