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Handcrafted Christian Theme Christmas Retablo Diorama, "Blue Andean Christmas"

byAlejandro Chavez: icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star (140)
Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile as shepherds worship in the... more

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Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile as shepherds worship in the blue Andean night. Beneath, an Andean hat shop offers sombreros for sale. Alejandro Chávez portrays the scenes on two levels in three dimensions. This traditional diorama is known as a retablo; each figurine is modeled and painted by hand.

  • 1.02 kgs
  • 2.2 lbs
  • Open: 30.5 cm H x 35.5 cm W x 6.5 cm D
  • Open: 12" H x 14" W x 2.6" D
  • Closed: 30.5 cm H x 17 cm W x 7 cm D
  • Closed: 12" H x 6.75" W x 2.8" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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140

Verified Reviewer

01/11/2020

"Cant wait to share with others"

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For past two years have hosted a Nativity Open House with depictions from many countries/cultures. I especially like the cultural reference of the hat shop below. Just as many of us learn the story of room made for the Holy Family in the animals shelter, this shows room made for the birth and adoration of Jesus where a family makes their livelihood.

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Blue Andean Christmas, Handcrafted Christian Theme Christmas Retablo Diorama

Verified Reviewer

09/23/2017

"Another winner"

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I now have three retablos and each is unique and beautiful. The workmanship is exquisite and I will enjoy displaying them at Christmas for many years.

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Blue Andean Christmas, Handcrafted Christian Theme Christmas Retablo Diorama

Verified Reviewer

05/22/2020

"I love this Wooden Blue Nativity"

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The Retablo is so peaceful with the blue starry scene. The figures inside are colorful. I bought one several years ago, but gave it to my granddaughter who had lived in Peru for almost two years. Now I am buying one for myself.

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Best Uses

  • Perfect for Christmas

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Blue Nativity, Handmade Wood Retablo Diorama Peruvian Folk Art

From USA

Verified Reviewer

05/21/2020

"A colorful folk art that shows artistry..."

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A small but vibrant wood and paper mache creation that looks good as part of my bookshelf displays.

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From Orlando, Florida, USA

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05/05/2020

"Rustic, Simple & Beautiful!"

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This beautiful retablo is not too elaborate. I love the simplicity and the opaque colors. Makes me think of an old cherished heirloom that you could find in your grandmas house, antique shop or an old church. Even though its a Christmas scene, I have it displayed all year round. Why not?

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JP

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03/19/2020

"2nd retablo"

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This is my 2nd one and I love it just like the 1st one

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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.

This artist striving to supporting their own or their family's basic needs and improve their livelihood.

 
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