Unknown-The Greatest Story

The Greatest Story

Carved from black wood or Mpingo, this Maconde (Tanzania) nativity set is a gift of Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of Cincinnati, to the Marian Library. The heavy and shining figures are a worthy tribute to the art of the Maconde.  Its style has evolved from simple and rustic patterns to highly decorative elements and sophisticated symbolism.  The art of the Maconde follows at least two important criteria:

 1.  A piece of art is, by definition, an original that cannot be copied.

 2.  Art is a form of story-telling.  Each work of art has a narrative value.

 These seem the perfect criteria to recreate the uniqueness of the greatest story ever told.

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