Handcrafted Nativity Retablo from Peru, "Sweet Birth"
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A lovely piece of decor for the Christmas season, this retablo is crafted from plywood with plaster figurines. Putting a Peruvian twist on the traditional Nativity scene, artisan Jesus Urbano decks the characters in colorful garments in the style native to the province of Ayacucho in Peru. The retablo's frame is painted with floral motifs.
- 0.25 kgs
- 0.6 lbs
- Frame: 15.5 cm H x 19.5 cm W x 4.5 cm D
- Frame: 6" H x 7.75" W x 1.8" D
- Panel: 9 cm H x 14 cm W x 4 cm D
- Panel: 3.5" H x 5.5" W x 1.6" D
Jesus learned the art of retablo sculpture from Peruvian master artisan Joaquin Lopez de Antay. In turn, he has passed this knowledge to his wife, daughter and nephew who work alongside him in his family workshop. Retablos are one of the most popular Peruvian art forms. They recount the spirit and traditions of Andean culture in dynamic hand-modeled dioramas that capture the mundane and magical moments that define lives.
Jesus has received the Amauta de la Artesania Peruana. It is a prestigious award given not only to those who are master craftspeople but to those who have shared their craft with the next generation.