Creches from the Philippines

At the Crossroads
Artist Unknown
Philippines

The Philippines counts a number of crèche traditions, some genuinely local (bamboo nativities), others inspired by more generic Catholic customs.  Our set takes after the latter.  Although crafted with the light and tender wood of the Balboa, the actors of this scene convey an impression of reverent stability and solid dedication to the Christ child.  Like many other representations of the Nativity, this set stands at the crossroads of several cultures.

ML.2650

 

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