Angel Bailon of Santo Domingo Pueblo brilliantly handcrafted this lovely nativity set which blends the birth of Christ with the beloved tradition of storytellers, a type of figurative pottery pioneered within the Cochiti Pueblo, and now popular among all pueblos.
Depicted in a beautiful natural palette of brown, orange, buff, and gray, the figurines are shown kneeling in front of the baby Jesus with Joseph and Mary wearing traditional clothing. In addition to Joseph, Mary, and baby they are accompanied by a cow, mule, and sheep with each figure made from hand-gathered clay, then molded and painted by hand.
Working with her husband Ralph, Angel has created a Nativity set that is both an inspiring celebration of the holiday season and a remarkable work of art that will bring Pueblo tradition and artistry into your holiday traditions.
Pieces measure as follows:
Sheep: 1-1/2" tall x 3" long x 1-1/4" wide
Cow: 2" tall x 4-3/4" long x 1-1/2" wide
Mule: 2" tall x 4-1/4" long x 1-1/2" wide
Baby Jesus: 1" tall x 2-1/4" long x 1-1/2" wide
Joseph: 4" tall x 3-1/8" long x 2" wide
Mary: 4" tall x 3-1/4" long x 2" wide
Comes with certificate of authenticity.
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