World Nativity Traditions



Kitty Cantrell


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porcelain, resin

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Tasteless or sacrilegious? The adult mind separates and categorizes. Not so the child. The child blends and fuses things, investing reality with meaning of his making, sometimes striking gold at a deeper level of significance. The logic of Incarnation escapes reason, but the reality of it permeates all levels of being to return original nobility to creation. Would Jesus reject any humble creature?


Nativity set featuring animals (mostly frogs) created from porcelon (a mixture of resin and porcelain dust), cast in 2005 in Los Angeles, California, and designed by artist Kitty Cantrell. The set depicts the nativity of Jesus. Exhibition label originally written by Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M. for exhibit held at Roesch Library, University of Dayton.


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crèches, nativity scenes, nativities, At the Manger, figurines, Jesus Christ, frogs, Los Angeles (California)

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