World Nativity Traditions





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Creation Date

middle 19th century


wood, paint

Exhibition Label

The wood-carved figures of this set by an unknown artist can be dated to the middle of the nineteenth century. They have been successfully braving the wear and tear of time, losing none of their simple and moving beauty. Set on a collage of recent newspapers, they express this unassuming but lasting truth: news comes and goes.


Handcarved, painted wood figurines depict infant Jesus, Mary, Joseph, three Kings or Magi, and several other onlookers. Artist is unknown. 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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