#673 Baule Ivory Coast

Acquired 2014

From the Ivory Coast of Western Africa, this hand-carved nine-piece set crafted of wood and hand-painted in bold colors brings a very current business look and style to the story of the nativity. The kings and Joseph don their colorful suit jackets and ties, the angel and the shepherd remind us of pastors of the church bringing holiness and worship to the nativity and Mary in her every day pink dress reminds us of the commonness of the Christ Child as He came into the world. The Baby is in his natural state with a head and loin covering. His bed has designs of the Baule village people. One lone sheep completes the set. Purchased in Sedona, AZ, at the Chapel of the Holy Cross February 2014. Purchase price, $465.00.