#786 India Metal Art

Acquired 2017

This seven-piece set from India was created using metal art. The striking silver metal figures are each inscribed with seven different motifs in their design, including the donkey and the two sheep. The angel holds the star of guiding light in her hands. Mary's hands are prayerful and Joseph commands his staff with his arms on his hips - a sign of strength and protection for the Christ Child.This set comes from The Silk Road, a fair-traded organization. I found it at the vendor's display at the Bethlehem Nativity Convention. Purchase price, $120. October 2017.