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Oriental Miniature Nativity

Oriental Miniature Nativity

Oriental Miniature Nativity

Nativité Orientale Miniature

The bas relief, made in maple, shows two moments from th birth of Christ, in chronological order. From left to right, we see the arrival of the shepherds and then the adoration of the Magi.
The story is shown like a continuous frieze vvhere two di!ferent scenes of the event are illustrated, seamlessly, with the result that the. composition is both original and creative. The characters are lined up, facing forwards and in the foreground, while behind them we see the architecture of the stable, with classic dignity that cornes from the wo Doric columns and the segmental arch of the build­ing. 

The detail of the exposed ashlar, repeated twice on the background, is a clear reference to the decay of pa­gan culture w1th the arrivai of Christianity.

The star of Bethlehem crowns the scene and justifies the presence of the procession of the Magi, followed by a small servant, on the left, dressed in their proces­sional clothes, with richly decorated head wear and el­ egantly styled hair.

The attitude of reverence towards the Redeemer is expressed by the Magi in different ways: the first is praying and genuflecting, while the other two are gen­erously proffering their gifts. ln the same position on the right side, attention is drawn to the more humble details of the shepherds, such as the poor shoes that leave their feet uncovered, and their simple unadorned clothing.

ln this wooden bas relief, the carved figures of the on­ lookers standing close together, torm a ''sculpted pro­cession , set out so as to give the idea of a three-dimen­sional space: for example, the donkey turning its head towards the Child, or the shepherd about to caress the ox as it turns its head.

The fact that ail-of the figures were created individual­ ly and not as a groul all together, highlights their pow­erful plasticity, he important physical weight of their bodies, the outhnes of which are designed in different colors as well as with soft, fine lines, with the addition of the technical and descriptive details of the expres­sions, and the simple, solemn gestures emphasized by the obvious large size of the hands and faces. What is stunning is the fact that this oriental crib is a miniature, given the tiny dimensions in which the two versions were made: 2 or 3 inch (figure size) meaning it can be placed or hung easily.

ln spite of the synthesis of the composition and the compact size, this work fully describes the value of the historic event it narrates, and its expressive strength is asserted in terms of sincere sentiment and visual imme­diacy.

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