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Retablo, "Peruvian Christmas"

byAlejandro Chavez: icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star (148)
This colorful box depicts the first Christmas. Alejandro Chávez crafts a... more

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This colorful box depicts the first Christmas. Alejandro Chávez crafts a traditional retablo (diorama) in the regional style of Ayacucho. The Holy Family and shepherds are modeled of clay and painted by hand. Beneath them, villagers harvest the fruit of the prickly pear cactus.

  • 0.39 kgs
  • 0.9 lbs
  • Open: 23.5 cm H x 26 cm W x 4.5 cm D
  • Open: 9.25" H x 10.25" W x 1.8" D
  • Closed: 23.5 cm H x 12.5 cm W x 5 cm D
  • Closed: 9.25" H x 4.9" W x 2" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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148

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09/19/2020

"Absolutely beautiful"

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After I saw the Peruvian film Retablo on Netflix with its scenes showing the craftsmanship that goes in to these captivating pieces, I was excited to see retablos from Peru on Novica. The colors are so deep, and I admire the work done in creating each miniature mask.

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decor Peru handmade hand-crafted

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From Seoul, South Korea

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09/10/2020

"Beautiful unique mirror"

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Stunning slices of life organised around a little mirror. Practical and uniquely cultural.

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  • Mirror and display item

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Verified Reviewer

09/04/2020

"Colorful addition"

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Finally saw this in person at my sister s house. Really well-made and perfectly goofy! Love it.

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Verified Reviewer

09/04/2020

"Love it"

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It was a beautiful gift

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Verified Reviewer

09/03/2020

"Now a part of my nativity collection."

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Very pretty. Colorful and well made. Love it! Thank you!!!!!

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From Evansville/Indiana/USA

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08/15/2020

"an addition to my wife s nativity collection"

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Was given to my wife for a Christmas present. She happily added this to her varied and growing Nativity Collection. Well made. I was happy with this purchase and recommend it to others.

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

Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

 
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