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Ornaments, 'Retablos' (set of 5)

Item # 47478
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An original set of Christmas ornaments, these tiny retablos celebrate the birth of Jesus. Retablos were originally intended as altar pieces featuring different scenes from the Bible. Alejandro Chavez handcrafts the miniature nativity scenes from plaster of Paris. Each character is shaped and painted individually and painted with bright hues. Made in Peru.

  • Each:
       3.2" H x 2.4" W x 1.4" D
  • Weight: 0.6 lb
  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

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Artisan: Alejandro Chavez

Artisan Alejandro Chavez

Peruvian artisan Alejandro Chavez specializes in the creations of retablos, a kind of reverent diorama-altar unique to the Ayacucho region of Peru. He learned this technique as a boy in school, when he was 17 years old and living in Ayacucho, where his parents moved when he was just 2 years old.

When Chavez returned to his hometown, he began working in the studio of Angel Castro, a master artisan. Here he refined his techniques in the creation of retablos, eagerly learning the art from his teacher. Later, Chavez formed his own workshop after the death of his teacher and began to give shape to his art. The customs and traditions of the Andean people emerge in every piece.

Today Chavez is part of an association of artisans who participate in national artesania fairs. Chavez tells us that, "In every one of my works you can find the labors of my wife, who molds the characters, as well as that of my nieces and nephews, whom I currently teach. I sincerely hope that you enjoy your retablo which brings together the culture and traditions of the Andes."

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