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'Bethlehem in Lucanas' Painted Retablo Figurine Novica

The Alejandro Chavez Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geograhic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Alejandro Chavez in Peru. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase. This colorful box opens to reveal a nativity scene. Alejandro Chávez creates this beautiful retablo, or diorama. Dressed in traditional Andean clothes, Mary and Joseph welcome the newborn Christ child, while shepherds and kings also adoaditional Andean clothes, Mary and Joseph welcome the newborn Christ child, while shepherds and kings also adore the baby. Chávez crafts the frame from wood and fashions the figures of ceramic plaster, painted by hand. He names the piece ''Bethlehem in Lucanas'' for a town in the province of Ayacucho. ; About the Artist: Alejandro Chavez; Peruvian artisan Alejandro Chavez specializes in the creations of retablos, a kind of reverent diorama-altar unique to the Ayacucho region of Peru. He learned this technique as a boy in school, when he was 17 years old and living in Ayacucho, where his parents moved when he was just 2 years old. When Chavez returned to his hometown, he began working in the studio of Angel Castro, a master artisan. Here he refined his techniques in the creation of retablos, eagerly learning the art from his teacher. Later, Chavez formed his own workshop after the death of his teacher and began to give shape to his art. The customs and traditions of the Andean people emerge in every piece. Novica read more