World Nativity Traditions





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terracotta, paint

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This popular Roman nativity has a number of unusual figures, among them the poor soul burning in Purgatory, a soldier murdering the innocent and Pierrot, the clown. However, far or estranged from the child-redeemer, they all share in a common longing for liberation from the dark sides of human condition.


Handpainted terracotta figurines depicting the nativity of Jesus. The set was made in Italy by an unknown artist, and the 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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