#156 Tri-Cultural Nativity

Acquired 1996

A very large set from Simply Southwest in December 1996, this stunning nativity depicts southwestern Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures drawn together to celebrate the birth of Christ. Each piece is cast and hand painted in the style of New Mexico's carved santos, an art form dating back centuries. The creche is painted hydrostone and stained wood recreating adobe walls and viga ceiling. Mariachi represent Hispanic Kings, Indians represent the Holy Family and an Anglo and Indian are shepherds. Purchase price, $399.