#572 Taormina, Sicily Nativity

Acquired 2011

While visiting the darling town, Taormina, in April 2011, in the hilltop mountains of Eastern Sicily, I found a shop, D'Amato that featured in locked cases, these nativity sets. I learned they are a special line designed by Sicilian artist, Eric Infuse, from Calderone - a nearby town in Sicily known for their terra-cotta ceramic designs. All these pieces by Eric Anfuso had the same tall narrow effect to his work with the terra cotta coloring. Each piece was done with the three kings in a stand-bow position before the front of the Baby. I chose this one piece because it was smaller and easier to pack in my already over-weight luggage! My purchase price was 89 euros (about $140 American dollars).