Women's Nativity Set - Santons French Nativity Collection - Made in France

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Each piece of this nativity collection is made entirely by hand in France. The figures are rich in detail - both in the molding and the painting. All the manufacturing steps are done in Marseille, France - the design, molding, die-casting, touching up, fettling, washing, drying, firing, and decorating. When the clay santons are finished, they embody classic French character and beauty.

We like to think of this nativity, portraying all women as the adoring figures, as the community of women who come in to help after an infant is born. It is as if after the wisemen and shepherds have paid their visits, the ladies all visit the infant Jesus, cooking meals and helping the holy family.

This small hand-painted terracotta 9-pc nativity scene includes Holy Family, Standing Angel, Women w Lavender, Nicoise (Wise Woman from Nice), Arlesienne (Queen of Arles - traditional figure in a French Nativity scene), Shepherdess, and seated sheep. This nativity is sized for the 12 cm scale (4.72 inches) Santons color collection.   Click on photo for larger view.

A brief history of Santons: During the French Revolution when churches were forced to close and people did not have access to view large nativity scenes, Lagnel, an artist in Marseille (where this collection of santons is made) began creating small religious figures from terracotta. This tradition has continued ever since in the Province region of France. A traditional Provençal crèche depicts the nativity scene amid village life in Province.

See the rest of the French Nativity Santons Collection, or visit our Unique Nativity collection for more amazing nativities from Around the World!

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4.7 inch (12 cm)
Porcelain / Ceramic
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