World Nativity Traditions



John F. Weber


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wood, walnut, rosewood, buckeye, satinwood, maple, lauan, poplar

Exhibition Label

The barn is of Walnut, the manger of Rosewood (India), but guess what woods were used to make Jesus, Mary and Joseph? The Holy Family was crafted with a symphony of woods: Robe-Buckeye, Halo-Satinwood (Sri Lanka), Blanket-Maple, Flesh-Lauan (Philippines), Robe-Zebrawood (Africa) and Hood-Poplar. From Africa to Brazil and the Philippines, these wonders of wood are extolling the wonders of creation and its recreation in Christ.


Carved wood figurines depicting the nativity of Jesus, created by John F. Weber in the United States. 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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