This is a classical nativity set of hard-fired bisque and vertical maroon shading. It is deemed classical because the figures reflect patterns of the so-called Orientalist style, an artistic movement prominent at the turn and well into the twentieth century. Claiming historical authenticity, the Orientalist movement attempts to retrieve the Mid-eastern culture and customs of Jesusí times. For many people, this set deserves to be called classical because it is the nativity of their youth and their life. Noble in gesture and pose, these figures reenact the timeless memory of Jesusí birth, then and now.
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