Clay figures wrapped in woven cloth. 7" diameter plate Set of 13 pieces, including Mary, Joseph, Jesus, 3 Wise men, a villager, a angel, cow, horse, (2) sheep, and terracotta plate
This charming multipiece nativity set pairs the style of traditional Guatemalan weaving with the scene that's grown so familiar. Set on a terracotta plate, it's incredibly easy to pick up and move from mantel to table to dresser top.
Clay is collected from the riverbeds of the Chinautla area, which is then sculpted by hand to make each figure. They are then dried in the sun, painted with a red clay slip, polished, then slowly baked for 2-3 hours over a pine bark fire with grass layered over top to help retain the heat. Occasional black smoke spots are normal for this ancient firing process, and add to the character of each piece.