#571 Mt. Etna Nativity

Acquired 2011

We visited the largest active volcano in all of Europe - Mt. Etna in Eastern Sicily. I have a special place in my heart for this fiery mountain in that it is in Sicily - my heritage and I wrote a report on Mt. Etna while a young elementary student in school. Much to my amazement and delight, I found this nativity in a gift shop on the top of Mt. Etna, made from the volcanic ash of the eruptions. The purchase price was a small 15 euros (about $22 American dollars) and a pleasant joy to add to my collection. Accented with gold, it is small, but powerful from its eruptive ash. I purchased this piece in April 2011.