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Handmade Wood Retablo Diorama Peruvian Folk Art, "Blue Nativity"

Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile. Above them, the three kings... more

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Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile. Above them, the three kings bring offerings to the Christ child. Shepherds worship and angels sing in the heavens above. Alejandro Chávez portrays the nativity on four levels in three dimensions. This traditional diorama is known as a retablo; each figurine is modeled and painted by hand.

  • 0.52 kgs
  • 1.1 lbs
  • 29 cm H x 8.5 cm W x 4.5 cm D
  • 11.5" H x 3.3" W x 1.8" D

  • MDF, ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Peruicon info
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Sandra

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06/17/2016

"Love the colors of the Retablo"

The Nativity Retablo is a perfect size for where I want to use it. I love the blue colors of the night sky and the stars. The figures are really colorful, too. I really like it. The only problem with the "Blue Nativity" I bought--he didn't allow the colors to dry all the way, so the door stuck and some of the paint pulled away from the wood in about 5 small spots on the door and the front of the shelves. I am going to try to find some paint to match and touch up those spots, because I love the Retablo and don't want to return it. I received it more quickly than was promised, but wish that he had waited one more day to send it, to make sure the paint was dry.

Best Uses

  • Christmas, Nativity

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Redhead at Heart

From Kansas City, MO, USA

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06/16/2016

"I Display This All Year"

This charming small Retablo is too wonderful to put away after the Christmas season, so I found a permanent place where I can enjoy seeing it all year. The craftsmanship is wonderful and the modest size suited my smaller home perfectly.

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gloria devargas

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06/16/2016

"such beauty for such a low price"

one of my favorites! such detail and beautiful color!

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Ellen

From South central Ohio, United States

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06/16/2016

"Perfect Christmas accent"

Perfect size for our mantelpiece. Really charming and heartwarming.

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Theresa

From Victoria, VA, USA

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06/21/2016

"Heirloom for granddaughter!"

Exquisite, so detailed! Gift to granddaughter at beginning of Advent season & she adores it!

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  • This was a gift for: Granddaughter
  • Occasion: Advent

Nancy

From St louis, MO

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01/13/2018

"unique handmade gift"

I have not yet seen this item in person. I bought 3 of them 1 for each priest in my area. They were very well received and each expressed that they were very well made and that they really liked it. They liked theirs so much that I am going to have to add this to my list of things i would like to get for myself. From what Ive been told by the recipients of these, the artist really took time and care in all of the detail provided in aking this. Thank you so much for making such a nice item!

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Greg

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02/16/2024

"Looks Great in my updated bathroom"

There is an amazing amount of detali in this little mirror. I recently painted and replaced the sink with a Mexican tile backsplash and this sweet little detail fits in perfectly.

Tags By Greg

Well Made Sweet Tiny Details

Best Uses

  • Bringing warmth and charm to your place

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Laurence

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01/05/2024

"A bright touch of beauty and soul!"

I have now three nativities made by Alejandro and I love every single one!!!! This one found a perfect place in my home and give me joy every day!

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Nativity Reflection, Nativity-Themed Wood and Ceramic Wall Mirror from Peru

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Gail

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09/30/2023

"Will brighten their Christmas"

Bought as a gift and they loved it. Thank you.

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Richard

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09/15/2023

"Amazing!"

The photos don t do it justice. Amazing. If there are any available, order while you can. Everyone who has seen this frame has commented on how great it is.

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Little Carnival, Folk Art Wood Photo Frame (3.5x5)

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Joel

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07/13/2023

"Absolutely amazing"

For the price, the quality of work is unbelievable.

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Ayantika

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06/16/2023

"This is awesome and so detailed"

Love, love, love this Mirror-retablo. Its one of my prized possession. Its so detailed, I have always been drawn to peruvian retablos and this artpeice fulfills being a mirror as well as a retablo. I just wish it was a tad-bit larger in size.

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Chapel of Bethlehem, Hand Made Religious Nativity Folk Art Mirror

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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.

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.

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

 
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