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Folk Art Retablo Peruvian Nativity Scene, "Chapel of Santa Ana"

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Colorful doors open on to the Chapel of Santa Ana, where expressive figures... more

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Colorful doors open on to the Chapel of Santa Ana, where expressive figures celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Alejandro Chavez portrays his characters in traditional Andean attire, as a sense of divine luminosity gracefully descends upon the scene. This form of Peruvian folk art is known as the retablo, especially characteristic of the Ayacucho region. The wooden frame is crafted by hand, while the artisan fills the shelves with tiny ceramic figures painted to joyous perfection.

  • 0.46 kgs
  • 1.0 lbs
  • 22.5 cm H x 12 cm W x 6 cm D
  • 8.75" H x 4.7" W x 2.4" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Color(s) may vary slightly
  • Motif(s) may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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165

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06/16/2016

"Beautiful"

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THis adds a splash of color to my nativity scene, and I love it because it is different than the standard scene set up.

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  • Adds a different cultural flavor

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Chapel of Santa Ana, Folk Art Retablo Peruvian Nativity Scene

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02/10/2020

"this was bought for my granddaughter"

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its stunning,love the colours and the workmanship is wonderful.i would fully recommend this piece to anyone....

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Jim

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09/28/2017

"Beautiful Piece"

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We loved our time in Peru we wanted more of their art and culture in our house. My wife loves how beautiful it is and how well made it is (we have very little kids).

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Chapel of Santa Ana, Folk Art Retablo Peruvian Nativity Scene

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Wife
  • Occasion: 'just because'

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04/11/2021

"A beautiful work of art!"

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Love it and was a wonderful addition to my collection.

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Blue Nativity, Handmade Wood Retablo Diorama Peruvian Folk Art

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04/11/2021

"Beautiful and colorful"

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This mirror is so pretty. I really enjoy looking at it.

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04/01/2021

"Charming folk art"

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A beautiful work of art. Cant wait to give this gift.

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Great Day, Nativity scene

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Novica sales provide Alejandro's family workshop with a steady cash flow. These sales account for nearly half of their monthly income, helping to ensure their survival. Markets and other seasonal outlets provide supplemental income that contributes to their annual living expenses. In the coming years, Alejandro hopes to grow his workshop and better his family by increasing his Novica sales.

At school in Ayacucho, Alejandro began to learn the indigenous art of Andean retableria. Seeking to refine his craft, he apprenticed at the workshop of Angel Castro to learn the secrets of a master retablista. Upon his teacher's death, Alejandro founded his own workshop. There he began to incorporate his wife's modeled figures into his traditional retablos. Today Alejandro's nephews are his apprentices and his family workshop continues to craft their beloved retablos, which recount the culture and traditions of the Andes.

One year away from his 50th birthday, Alejandro and his wife adopted a son and a daughter (Jose and Carol) from their hometown. Today Alejandro continues to provide for the education of his children and his grandchild, who joined the family in 2018. His daughter Carol is studying accounting and his son Jose is at the police academy.

Alejandro Chavez has received 4 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $800 and the most recent for $1100. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of raw materials such as plaster, ceramic, plywood and paint.

This artist striving to supporting their own or their family's basic needs and improve their livelihood.

 
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