Miniature figurines nativity scene - The postman

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Miniature figurines nativity scene -  The postman
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I'm the postman in the village, but how can I be the last to hear about such important news as the birth of the child king? Usually I give the news!
This figurine, made of terracotta and hand painted, is available in 6 and 9 cm (2.4 or 3.6") high.
Each subject is unique and stamped, made by a craftsman twice the best worker of France ... to create a sublime Christmas crib and amaze young and old! ...
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$17.96

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Quality figurines

The genuine santons of Provence are shaped in clay and painted by hand. It’s a French craft, coming from an ancient tradition.

This tradition of Provencal creche continues today in southern France, where the influence of Occitan culture remains. There’s a strong concentration of santonniers in Aubagne, Marseille, Aix en Provence and Arles.

To choose quality santons, you must take into account several criteria. They must of course be made in an artisanal way in terracotta and painted by hand… but that is not enough!

You must also pay particular attention to the finesse of the details (this is the signature and the know-how of a "great" santonnier). In particular, the face, the drape and the shapes of the santon attest to the quality of the mold. Likewise, the realism and expression of the face gives you guarantees on the painter's mastery.

A renowned santonnier must therefore be recognized as an 'artisan of art' ... And, as a guarantee of quality, our santonnier has also received the gold medal for the best worker of France twice!

Santon history

The French word santon comes from the Provencal santoun which means "little saint". Originally, the living cribs were intended to recreate the scene of the Nativity in the churches, and since the Middle Ages under St. Francis of Assisi. But the French revolution banned them in public, which led families to use dummy figurines to continue the tradition in their homes.

These characters were made of different materials (paper mache, breadcrumbs, plaster). In Marseille, in the nineteenth century, the competition of Neapolitan merchants who sold santibelli, has generated a resistance from the Provencal santonniers. The latter imposed the cooked clay and proposed their creations on markets of santons. These are still very popular today, in parallel with the Christmas markets.

In the Provencal crib, each character has a particular function to recreate the scene of the Nativity surrounded by a village of Provence. Apart from the stable's characters, the old Provencal jobs are represented: baker, miller, shepherd, garlic merchant, washerwoman, fisherman, and many others.

It’s about a village revival as if Jesus was born in Provence: the angel Boufareu (blower) announces the news to the shepherds. All the inhabitants converge on the barn to see the Newborn. They cross the hill, with their baskets of harvest, their animals, go through the olive groves. All the Provencal landscapes are represented.

So let yourself be transported by the magic of a Provencal crib, and dive into the world of Santons, jolly and cheerful figurines. The Christmas spirit is already blowing on your house!

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Provence terracotta Santons made and painted by hand - available in 6 or 9 cm

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