Nativity scene figurines - The spinner

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I am the spinner (Fieloue in Provençal). Working with wool is quite a job, long and repetitive ... Where do you think the expression "to be bamboozled" comes from?
This hand painted terracotta santon 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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$18.08

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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.

Christmas village figurines

Originally, it was Saint Francis of Assisi who, in 1223, staged a representation of the nativity with real characters and animals (living crib).

It was not until the beginning of 1800 that cribs reappeared in churches (after the ban by the French Revolution). At that time, a Marseillais, named Louis Lagnel, had the idea to model the characters of the nativity in clay, and to create molds to reproduce his models in series. He also represented the people who lived around him, the baker, the grinder ... The first santon and the Provençal crèche were born, and the Provençals contributed greatly to its expansion throughout France.

Recreate the nativity scene!

In the crib, each character has a specific function to help recreate the Nativity scene surrounded by a village in Provence. Apart from the subjects of the stable, unavoidable, old Provencal trades are represented: baker, miller, shepherd, garlic seller, washerwoman, fisherman, and many others.

In fact, it is about reviving a village as if Jesus had been born in Provence: the angel Boufarèu (blower) announces the news to the shepherds. All the inhabitants converge on the stable to see the Newborn. They cross the hill, with their baskets of crops, their animals, go through the olive groves, and all the Provençal landscapes are represented.

So let yourself be transported by the magic of a Provençal crib, and immerse yourself in the world of santons, jovial and cheerful figurines. The spirit of Christmas is already blowing through your home!

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

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