World Nativity Traditions



Sung June Yim


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ceramic, ceramic glaze

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Sung June Yim is a ceramic artist from the Seoul region in South Korea. Frequently he seeks artistic inspiration in early Korean history and Chinese literature. The central characters of this set are Lady Mi and warrior Jo Ja Ryong from the Chinese classic, “The Three Dynasties.” Lady Mi moves with her child through enemy territory. She is wounded. Jo Ja Ryong, the great warrior, rescues the baby but is forced to leave the mother behind. Shepherds and magi are characters of the Ko Gu Ryo Dynasty (37 B.C.-668 A.D.). They can be recognized by their dotted vestments. The bowed figures with long sleeves pay respect to the baby, and the three mounted musicians, with their woodwind and percussion instruments welcome him with a serenade. Originally not intended as nativity, these typically cultural figures are bridge builders between peoples and their history.


14 hand sculpted and hand painted ceramic pieces. Figures depict a mother with a baby (which in this setting is meant to represent Mary), a soldier (representing Joseph), two trees, one dog, two birds, a man with long sleeves, a man wtih folded hands, a man bowing, a woman bowing, and three players on horses. 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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crèches, nativity scenes, nativities, At the Manger, figurines, Jesus Christ, South Korea

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