In this example the Joseph figure seems separate from the one of Mary and Baby Jesus. But they are attached as one piece.
Other one-piece nativities, - the subject of this post -- are designed with sculptural fluidity and denote the figures as emerging from one piece of material. Here are four examples from my collection.
This marble-look sculpture is very graceful. It is 9 inches tall.
This Olive wood piece was made in the Holy Land and is 9 ½ inches tall.The sculptor used the grain of the wood to suggest fabric draping.
This 12 ½ inch piece is actually also a music box. It plays "Oh Holy Night" The figures seem to emerge from a tree trunk which is spangled with the Star of Bethlehem.
This 9 ¼ inch Holy Family piece has a 10 inch companion piece depicting the Three Wise Men
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