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Wood retablo, 'Nativity in Bethlehem' - Handcrafted Ayacucho Wood Retablo from Peru

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Handcrafted Ayacucho Wood Retablo from Peru, "Nativity in Bethlehem"

Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph receive the visit of shepherds. A... more

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Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph receive the visit of shepherds. A cow and donkey kneel beside the manger in this charming nativity scene by Alejandro Chavez. This traditional diorama is known as a retablo and each figurine is individually modeled and painted by hand. The doors open and close, and there is a drawer at the bottom.

  • 0.52 kgs
  • 1.1 lbs
  • Open: 21 cm H x 25 cm W x 6 cm D
  • Open: 8.25" H x 9.75" W x 2.4" D
  • Closed: 21 cm H x 12 cm W x 6 cm D
  • Closed: 8.25" H x 4.7" W x 2.4" D

  • Plywood, ceramic
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in the Andesicon info
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Brenda

From Texas

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04/28/2022

"Beautiful craftsmanship"

I got one for myself and one for my sister. So glad I did! Very nice, self contained nativity.

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Nativity in Bethlehem, Handcrafted Ayacucho Wood Retablo from Peru

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  • This was a gift for: Sister
  • Occasion: Christmas

Barbara

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07/05/2022

"Collectors item"

Sophisticated folk art.

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Barbara

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07/05/2022

"a sophisticated Peruvian folk art"

This traditional Ayacucho-style retablo is perfectly executed. its atrue collectors item. It can be displayed on a tabletop or on the wall. Fast delivery, safe packaging.

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Dr. Ray VanSickle

From Uniontown, Pennsylvania

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05/28/2022

"muy bonitos"

son muy bonitos y perfectos por la Navidad

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Dr. Ray VanSickle

From Uniontown, Pennsylvania

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05/28/2022

"beautiful Christmas decorations"

excellent addition for Christmas

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Ariane

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05/20/2022

"Beautiful Nativity"

I love this! It stays out all year long. Just gorgeous!

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Novica sales provide Alejandro's family workshop with a steady cash flow. These sales account for nearly half of their monthly income, helping to ensure their survival. Markets and other seasonal outlets provide supplemental income that contributes to their annual living expenses. In the coming years, Alejandro hopes to grow his workshop and better his family by increasing his Novica sales.

Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

At school in Ayacucho, Alejandro began to learn the indigenous art of Andean retableria. Seeking to refine his craft, he apprenticed at the workshop of Angel Castro to learn the secrets of a master retablista. Upon his teacher's death, Alejandro founded his own workshop. There he began to incorporate his wife's modeled figures into his traditional retablos. Today Alejandro's nephews are his apprentices and his family workshop continues to craft their beloved retablos, which recount the culture and traditions of the Andes.

Enabling Education

Enabling Education

One year away from his 50th birthday, Alejandro and his wife adopted a son and a daughter (Jose and Carol) from their hometown. Today Alejandro continues to provide for the education of his children and his grandchild, who joined the family in 2018. His daughter Carol is studying accounting and his son Jose is at the police academy.

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

Alejandro Chavez has received 4 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $800 and the most recent for $1100. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of raw materials such as plaster, ceramic, plywood and paint.

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