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Retablo, 'Jesus Spoke of Peace' - Fair Trade Nativity Scene Retablo Wood Sculpture Curate

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Fair Trade Nativity Scene Retablo Wood Sculpture, "Jesus Spoke of Peace"

Celebrating a joyous occasion, this nativity scene reveals Alejandro Chávez's... more

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Celebrating a joyous occasion, this nativity scene reveals Alejandro Chávez's artistry. Joseph, Mary and the three kings look upon the baby Jesus while the animals kneel in awe. Known as a retablo, this traditional diorama is housed in a colorful chest crafted of wood and painted. Chávez carefully models each figure and paints them by hand.

  • 0.27 kgs
  • 0.6 lbs
  • 14.5 cm H x 15 cm W x 5.5 cm D
  • 5.75" H x 6" W x 2.2" D

  • Ceramic, MDF
  • Signed by the artist
  • Color(s) may vary slightly
  • Motif(s) may vary slightly
  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andes
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Unable to have children, the couple decided to adopt two children from their hometown. Their daughter Carol now has a child and the two of them live with Alejandro and his wife.

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"Perfect Gift"

Wonderful item

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"A strong statement"

This is a beautiful work of art. The figures are strong and noble with wonderful detail. They are much larger than in most retablos. The only difference from the photo shown is that the whole is antiqued so that the lovely colors are obscured more than I would like. Still it is beautiful.

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"Wonderful Quintessential Peruvian Nativity"

Beautifully crafted item. Great addition for collection.

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"Retablo"

It is a beautiful Creche at a great price, just as it appears in the ad.

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"Love it!!!"

I've had this on my wish list for awhile now. I'm am so happy I finally had a bit of spending money to get it. It is just as the description says, although mine didn't have as much of a golden sheen as in the picture. I also wish there was a little hook to keep the doors closed when needed. But regardless, I love it!!! It's perfect.

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Christmas Retablo
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"Part of a Collection"

Beautiful

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"Love it but it is MUCH smaller than expected!"

Got this nativity for my son who visited Peru this year. It is really cool but I have to say- it is so small. My fault I'm sure for not paying better attention. In the pics it just appears to be bigger. That aside, the colors are vibrant and it has a quaint feeling to it as well. I think he'll love it!

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33 Testimonials for Alejandro Chavez

I have ordered several items from this artist; his retablos are out of this world beautiful!

Joan

Dear Alejandro Chavez, I look look look at my nativity scene. It is magical with the night sky and stars and all of the Christmas mystery wrapped in the dark blue box. I feel like a child when I enter it. Thank you so much, Joan winchell

Michele

Maryland United States

 
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