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Christianity Wood Retablo Folk Art from the Andes, "Nativity Scene"

byAlejandro Chavez: icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star (167)
This colorful box holds a Christmas surprise. Opening the doors reveals a... more

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This colorful box holds a Christmas surprise. Opening the doors reveals a nativity scene in three dimensions. Alejandro Chávez crafts a traditional retablo (diorama) in the regional style of Ayacucho. The Holy Family and the three kings are modeled of clay and painted by hand. A cow and donkey crowd close to the straw-filled manger.

  • 0.43 kgs
  • 0.9 lbs
  • Open: 19 cm H x 33.5 cm W x 6 cm D
  • Open: 7.5" H x 13.25" W x 2.4" D
  • Closed: 19 cm H x 16.5 cm W x 6.5 cm D
  • Closed: 7.5" H x 6.5" W x 2.6" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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167

Ann

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01/13/2017

"Beautiful crèche"

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I am so delighted that I purchased this crèche. It has become the centerpiece of my Christmas display. Thank you Mr. Chavez for sharing your talent! It has found a very good home.

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Nativity Scene, Christianity Wood Retablo Folk Art from the Andes

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From West Los Angeles

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04/28/2021

"Beautiful!"

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Love this mask piece. Excellent workmanship.

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Mask Collection, Unique Wood Retablo Folk Art Mask Theme Sculpture

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04/27/2021

"Beautiful!"

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Gorgeous piece! Great craftsmanship!

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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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From Delaware, USA

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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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