OUR COLLECTION — LATIN AMERICA — VENEZUELA 317. BAKED CLAY NATIVITY
This is a handmade 9-piece terra cotta clay Nativity set. The clay was baked in an oven instead of a commercial kiln. The lower firing temperature leaves the clay softer and more fragile. The set was created in the early 1980s by a family of artisans in the Venezuelan Andes. Each of the figures is hand-formed (not from a mold), and all have distinctive facial features. The set includes Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, manger, three wise men, a bull, and a cow. The Joseph figure measures 6.5 inches tall.