#228 Black Lava Rock

Acquired 2000

Our Bavarian Alpine Hotel was located just outside Oberammergau near the Ettal Klosterladen Abbey and Cathedral. Located within the Abbey was a precious gift store run by the Monks. Among several different Nativities, I saw this very unusual creation. It is carved entirely from lava rock from Allgau of Northern Germany. It is a one-piece design of the Holy Family, enhanced with gold sparkles. Surprisingly, this piece was only $43.00! June 2000.