Limestone - Ireland. This is a Celtic Style Nativity, sculpted by Kieran Forde and handcast in County Kildare, Ireland.
Soapstone – Kenya. These stylized figures were hand carved in the African nation of Kenya.
Porcelain - England. The Royal Doulton Holiday Traditions Nativity has handpainted figures decorated in 22 karat gold trim.
Colorful Paper Mache. This set of six figures is rendered in bright colors.
Crystal – France. Of 24% Lead Crystal this nativity set is by Cristal d'Arques®. J. 0. Durand & Cie. The cardboard manger is the original box in which the set was packaged.
Crystal – Ireland A contemporary design handcut Waterford Nativity. Made in Ireland.
Handpainted Wood – Denmark These are vintage nativity figures made in Denmark.
Handpainted Wood - Russia. The hand-carved linden wood figures have also been hand-painted.
Pewter plate - USA. The pewter-plated metal is flat, but it has been etched in relief on both sides.
Plastic, - Italy. A vintage nativity scene of white plastic in a contemporary design. (It is set in an Avon stable.)
These nativity scenes have been manufactured of materials in a fairly traditional manner, though the various ethnic representations place the characters in their own country's setting. The next post will introduce other more unusual materials.