#320 Yurt Kyrgyzstan Nativity

Acquired 2002

From Eziba catalog, purchased November 2002, this felt set is handmade in Kyrgyzstan. Sewn from felt, the yurt scene contains the traditional Christian nativity figures - Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus - but here the head of the family is known as the aksakal and his wife the baibiche. Local animals also adorn the scene. The round felt stable opens to hold the nativity pieces when stored away. The set also includes a shepherd, a star, and an angel. Purchase price, $78.