Figures: Polychromed terracotta heads with painted glass eyes, wooden limbs, and bodies of wire wrapped in hemp; clothing made variously of 18th- or 19th-century silks, cottons, linens, leather, and paper, some with metallic threads; some figures with additional elements in gold, silver, pearl, coral, ivory, bone, and wood; additional smaller figures composed entirely of polychromed terracotta or polychromed carved wood
Animals: Polychromed terracotta, painted wood, iron, and lead; some with painted glass eyes and additional elements in leather, string, and metal
Objects: Painted terracotta, copper, iron, silver or other metals, ceramic, wax, raw clay, paper, glass, fabric, string, straw, basket fibers, alabaster, and marble
Furniture: Wood, metal, leather, and fabric
Setting: Cork, wood, papier-mâché, twigs, and moss with watercolor and gouache
The crèche is housed in a 19th-century cabinet with a late-18th-century carved and gilded cornice.
430 × 465 × 140 cm (overall)
Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. James N. Bay and Linda and Vincent Buonanno and Family; Eloise W. Martin Legacy Fund; purchased with funds provided bys of Ruth Ann Gillis and Michael McGuinnis and Mrs. Robert O. Levitt; Charles H. and Mary F. Worcester Collection Fund
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