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Handcrafted Christmas Retablo Diorama Nativity Scene, "Christmas with Musicians"

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Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile as shepherds adore the... more

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Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile as shepherds adore the newborn Christ child. Beneath, musicians in fanciful costumes serenade them. 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.

  • 0.91 kgs
  • 2.0 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 the Andesicon info
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  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes

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175

Mark

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11/20/2021

"Manger scene"

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Cute small manger scene.

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Wife
  • Occasion: Christmas

Kelly

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11/17/2021

"Beautiful work"

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Makes a beautiful cherished gift.

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Ms. M

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11/07/2021

"Exquisite detail, vibrant colors!"

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Alejandro Chavez is a phenomenal artist. This piece is a central focus of art in my living room. While I am not a religious person per se - the Garden of Eden, in a sense, tells a universal story of human progress from innocence to the present. Where would humankind be in terms of progress without our artists? Thank you, Alejandra!

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Garden of Eden, Retablo Folk Art Mirror

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Elizabeth

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10/27/2021

"Very lively"

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One of my Mexican students admired this Retablo. He enjoyed it on the day of the Feast for Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Edward

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10/22/2021

"A Christmas Delight"

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They are beautifully designed, masterfully crafted, and unbelievably inexpensive.

Purchased Item:

Christmas Trio, Small Nativity Sculptures (Set of 3)

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Donna

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10/14/2021

"I love it"

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Im Catholic and lost everything I owned in a fire. I missed seeing an image of Mother Mary every day and was looking for something to replace the ceramic image I made years ago. As soon as I saw this retablo, I knew the perfect spot in my new home for it. I measured the space before ordering. It fits perfectly on the rustic, hand-made pine hutch. Its comforting to have this in my home. I want to thank the artist, Novica, and all the people who worked to get it here for making this possible.

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Virgin Mary, Painted Wood Retablo Andes Folk Art Handmade in Peru

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Profound Impact

Profound Impact

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.

Covering Basic Needs

Covering Basic Needs

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

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