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Handcrafted Retablo Nativity Scene Wall Mirror from Peru, "Love Divine"

Alejandro Chavez crafts a mirror frame rooted in Andean tradition with four... more

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Alejandro Chavez crafts a mirror frame rooted in Andean tradition with four different vignettes. At the top, Andean shepherds serenade the Holy Family beneath the stars on the very first Christmas. To the left and right, a llama and a cow rest outdoors. Along the bottom are three bright flowers. Known as a retablo, this traditional diorama is housed in a colorful chest crafted of wood and painted. The Peruvian artisan carefully models each figure from ceramic plaster and paints them by hand to surround a heart-shaped looking glass.

  • 0.75 kgs
  • 1.7 lbs
  • 25 cm H x 25 cm W x 3 cm D
  • 9.75" H x 9.75" W x 1.2" D

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

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12/19/2021

"Great Christmas gift!"

I just love this and was so excited to gift it to special friends who already have a lifetime of accumulated decorations nothing like this!

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Love Divine, Handcrafted Retablo Nativity Scene Wall Mirror from Peru

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  • Occasion: Christmas

Lux

From Geneva, Switzerland

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11/15/2020

"My family loves the retablo !"

Such fine creative work. We love it ! Thank you.

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Love Divine, Handcrafted Retablo Nativity Scene Wall Mirror from Peru

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Paul

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09/01/2022

"Brilliant Artist"

I am adding my fourth Alejandro Chavez Retablo to my collection because each one is filled with love and beauty and whenever I view them they always bring a smile to my face. Stunning hand wrought figures.

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Barbara

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07/05/2022

"Collectors item"

Sophisticated folk art.

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Eden Reflection, Wood Nativity Retablo Wall Mirror from Peru

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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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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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