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Painted wood retablo, "Chapel of Loreto"

Starlight pours from the heavens, illuminating the stable where the Christ child... more

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Starlight pours from the heavens, illuminating the stable where the Christ child was born. Alejandro Chávez brings the scene to the 15th century chapel of the Virgin of Loreto, located in Huamanga in the province of Ayacucho. Known as a retablo, this traditional diorama is housed in a colorful chest crafted of wood. Chávez carefully models each figure from ceramic plaster and paints them by hand.

  • 0.25 kgs
  • 0.6 lbs
  • 15 cm H x 14 cm W x 5.5 cm D
  • 6" H x 5.5" W x 2.2" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Clean with a soft, dry cloth
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in the Andesicon info
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Krls

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12/27/2019

"Peruvian nativity scene"

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Wanted to add to my nativity collection and had just returned from Peru, so this is a great addition.

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Edward

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09/15/2019

"Wonderful Artistic Craftsmanship"

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The artist is a master carpenter and extremely creative with the paint brush.

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Rafael

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11/19/2018

"Love it!"

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Elizabeth

From Denham Springs, LA, US

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05/10/2022

"Perfect for Celebrating Christmas"

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Our youngest grandkids love this little all in one nativity. It is sturdy enough that they can handle it without the fear of them breaking it. We have cherished this for many years, and look forward to bringing it out for Christmas for many more years to come!

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  • Christmas Decoration

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Brenda

From Texas

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04/28/2022

"Beautiful craftsmanship"

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I got one for myself and one for my sister. So glad I did! Very nice, self contained nativity.

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  • This was a gift for: Sister
  • Occasion: Christmas

Libby

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03/09/2022

"Gorgeous Gift"

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This was ordered as a gift, and I Was more than proud to give it.

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Blue Nativity, Handmade Wood Retablo Diorama Peruvian Folk Art

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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.

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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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