Oriental Miniature Nativity
The bas-relief, made of maple, shows two moments of the birth of Christ, in chronological order. From left to right, we see the arrival of shepherds, then the adoration of the Three Kings. The story is shown as a continuous frieze of 2 scenes of the event are illustrated, seamlessly. The characters are lined up, facing forward and in the foreground, while behind them, we see the architecture of the stable, with a classical dignity as the horns of the columns.