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Handmade Wood Retablo Diorama Peruvian Folk Art, "Blue Nativity"

Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile. Above them, the three kings... more

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Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile. Above them, the three kings bring offerings to the Christ child. Shepherds worship and angels sing in the heavens above. Alejandro Chávez portrays the nativity on four levels in three dimensions. This traditional diorama is known as a retablo; each figurine is modeled and painted by hand.

  • 0.36 kgs
  • 0.8 lbs
  • 29 cm H x 8.5 cm W x 4.5 cm D
  • 11.5" H x 3.3" W x 1.8" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andes
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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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"I Display This All Year"

This charming small Retablo is too wonderful to put away after the Christmas season, so I found a permanent place where I can enjoy seeing it all year. The craftsmanship is wonderful and the modest size suited my smaller home perfectly.

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"Perfect Christmas accent"

Perfect size for our mantelpiece. Really charming and heartwarming.

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"such beauty for such a low price"

one of my favorites! such detail and beautiful color!

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06/17/2016

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"Love the colors of the Retablo"

The Nativity Retablo is a perfect size for where I want to use it. I love the blue colors of the night sky and the stars. The figures are really colorful, too. I really like it. The only problem with the "Blue Nativity" I bought--he didn't allow the colors to dry all the way, so the door stuck and some of the paint pulled away from the wood in about 5 small spots on the door and the front of the shelves. I am going to try to find some paint to match and touch up those spots, because I love the Retablo and don't want to return it. I received it more quickly than was promised, but wish that he had waited one more day to send it, to make sure the paint was dry.

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Christmas Nativity Holy Family Peru Peruvian Wood
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"Heirloom for granddaughter!"

Exquisite, so detailed! Gift to granddaughter at beginning of Advent season & she adores it!

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"Wonderful and Unique!"

This just arrived today as a surprise for my wife and she loves it. Very nicely made, surprising detail on the figurines, and the box as a whole displays nicely. Sure to become a sentimental piece of our yearly Christmas decorating. Thank you!

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12/20/2016

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"Beautiful"

The Retablo I ordered from Novica and crafted by Alejandro Chavez is simply beautiful. Mr. Chavez's nativity Retablo is inspirational. What a lovely gift to give to a very special person in your life!

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"Met my Expectations and more"

I bought this lovely Retablo for a friend for Christmas this year. When I saw it displayed prominently in her living room, I was impressed. What a charming nativity! Thank you, Mr. Chavez for your creativity. Recommended!!

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"Beautiful Nativity representation"

This small, exquisite rendering of the Nativity creche is beautifully done and I love it. The artist has shown the Nativity as represented in his culture. It is exactly what I had hoped for. Lovely!

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"I love this!"

I have a rather small house and was looking for items to display at the holidays. This is absolutely perfect! It was made very well and the figures are just darling.

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"Great Work"

As always, the work is wonderful and I highly endorse the product.

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"A very interesting and unique item."

This piece is a very nice cultural alternative to the traditional nativity scene. It is colorful and unique.

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It is a great Christmas decoration

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09/24/2017

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"folk and authentic"

a very heartwarming piece for any Christmas décor!

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09/24/2017

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"Beautiful nativity"

This is a beautiful nativity set. I bought it for a gift and the recipient was very pleased with it.

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"So beautiful that I keep it out year-round"

This is an absolutely lovely piece that is always noticed by visitors. Fine details beautiful colours, and such a lovely surprise when the box is opened. I highly recommend this artist.

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"Beautiful diorama"

This is a beautiful rendering of the Christmas story! It truly belongs in your Christmas decorations.

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"Very Interesting & Beautiful"

This was for daughter-in-law and it was very well received. She loved it.

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"Blue nativity "

This is so sweet! A great Christmas present

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"Even nicer upon opening "

I wasn’t sure about the Nativity Scene I ordered but once it arrived I was blown away!!! The artist’s ability to create such beautiful artwork is incredible! I’m so happy I found NOVICA site.....great value for quality worksmansip. Highly recommended.

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"unique handmade gift"

I have not yet seen this item in person. I bought 3 of them 1 for each priest in my area. They were very well received and each expressed that they were very well made and that they really liked it. They liked theirs so much that I am going to have to add this to my list of things i would like to get for myself. From what Ive been told by the recipients of these, the artist really took time and care in all of the detail provided in aking this. Thank you so much for making such a nice item!

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"a faith exprsion "

loved by those who received thgis

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"A cherished item for the Christmas Season"

This was a christmas gift for a friend who collects Nativity sets.. He was thrilled!

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"a beautiful nativity scene"

I have given this as a gift twice, each time to the great delight of the recipient. One was a gift to my husband, so I have had a chance to enjoy it daily in our home, where we keep it on display all year. It is a lovely, heartwarming piece. The four levels of figures are fascinating, and the painted sky scene on the facing panel gives a feeling of great expansiveness.

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"A Great Christmas Addition"

I find it incredibly carved and painted. It is a joy to behold.

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"Lovely"

A Gift for a friend, she was pleased.

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"Beautiful Heirloom"

This is so beautiful. I brought one for my Minister and his wife as she collects nativities and I loved it so much, I came back and brought one for me too.

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"I COULD NOT WAIT!!!"

More beautiful than a photo, the colors are so vibrant! I loved the packing, for it has a long way to travel - I appreciated it very much. Gift wrapped and card signed adds a special touch. I watched the video of an artist making and painting this nativity retablo and love that this purchase supports real people. It is permanently displayed in my home office, next to a painted retablo of the Virgin Mary I purchased earlier. Totally delightful!!

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nativity retablo advent Support local artisans
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  • Advent

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"Review for Blue Nativity"

I have had this for years and I love it. I put it out ever year at Christmas time and everyone says how beautiful it is. It is even prettier then the picture.

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I have ordered several items from this artist; his retablos are out of this world beautiful!
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Joan

Dear Alejandro Chavez, I look look look at my nativity scene. It is magical with the night sky and stars and all of the Christmas mystery wrapped in the dark blue box. I feel like a child when I enter it. Thank you so much, Joan winchell
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