Three kings nativity figures - King Gaspard

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The santon of the wise man Gaspard is the king who comes from Asia and brings incense, symbol of divinity, to offer to the Child-King.
You will appreciate the detail of this santon and the realism that emerges from it ...
Handmade in terracotta, all our nativity scenes are available in 6 or 9 cm (2.4 or 3.6") in height.
Each subject is unique and stamped, made by a craftsman twice the best worker of France ... A real guarantee of quality to create a very beautiful Christmas crib and amaze young and old! ...

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Wise man Gaspard

The wise man Gaspard is the king of Asia and brings the incense to the child king, to symbolize "the divinity". It also symbolizes middle age and the Asian continent.

He must be accompanied in the crib of the mage king Melchior and the mage king Balthazar. The Three Kings are guided by the Shepherd's Star to find the stable where the baby Jesus was born.

The three wise men

The three wise men (Balthazar, Melchoir and Gaspard) must first be set back and then be moved forward each day to arrive in front of the baby Jesus on January 6, the day of the epiphany.

According to the Gospel according to Matthew 2.1-2, "Magi from the East came to Jerusalem ...". At the time, they were not kings but magi, priests or scholars from Persia.

Their number represents the holy trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit), the 3 continents known at the time (Europe for Melchior, Asia for Gaspard and Africa for Balthazar) as well as the three ages of life (youth, middle age and old age).

The gifts they bring to the baby Jesus are also symbolic (myrrh, a plant used for embalming, represents man; gold represents kings; incense represents God and divinity).

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The Christmas crib must be "the reflection of oneself" !!! It is not a fixed tradition where you have to adhere to strict specifications. But on the contrary, you can, by creating it, give free rein to your imagination and integrate your personal touches according to your passions and desires.

It begins to be installed on the first Sunday of the Advent period (the 4th Sunday before Christmas) and will be dismantled by candlelight on February 2.

The Christmas crib represents the life of a Provencal village and its inhabitants in the 18th century. So avoid representing all the professions, characters or animals that did not exist in a Provencal village at that time (footballer, lion, crocodile, etc.).

All the figurines in the manger must give the impression of advancing towards the baby Jesus, in order to bring him a present, and none must turn their backs on it.

Respect for proportions is very important ... Do not put a sheep larger than a character for example !!! Adapt the decorations and houses to the size of the chosen santons. A perspective can also be very interesting, when you have enough depth. The largest sizes of santons will be in front, and the smallest at the bottom, in height. To heighten your perspective you can use cardboard, stones, or kraft paper.

To make your decorations, use the elements which are found in nature: Moss, branch of cypress, olive tree, thyme or rosemary, stones, pebbles, cork bark, earth ... accessories, put a well, a bridge, a mill and a stable where the Nativity will be installed. You can also put cabins, country houses ... A river can be created with blue paper scratched with white paint or aluminum foil.

Good lighting will bring out the landscape, avoid multicolored garlands. You can also light your homes from the inside, trying to hide your bulbs as much as possible. By respecting all this you will normally have a beautiful Christmas crib, made in the provencal tradition.

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


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