The baby Jesus lay nestled in the center of the boat carved out of exotic wood as an angel with prominent wings watches over the sleeping child. Mary and Joseph accompanied by the wise men peer over the sides of the vessel to admire the newborn baby swaddled in the floating manger. The carved figures display African features and their facial and body language all relay wonderment at the monumental event that has occurred. The Christian nativity scene is recreated throughout the Créche Museum in Dornbirn, Austria, but what makes this collection unique is that it features créches from around the world bringing in differing cultural interpretations and materials to each display ranging from the traditional to the modern. The museum offers people of all faiths an artistic view into the birth of Christ in these beautiful portrayals of the reason for the Christmas season.
The Nativity Museum Dornbirn, Austria, 11-2017
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