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Dowel box nativity - Nativity Scene in Dowel Box

Nativity Scene in Dowel Box

  • Object:

    Dowel box nativity

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    dowel wood, moulded plastic, papier mache

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Elspeth Ann Evans

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The Nativity is set as a scene in an oval dowel box, from side to side. The image is reminisant of the Italian scenes with caves and fruit trees. The family is in the bottom centre, in a cave below a stone and wood arch. The infant is in the centre, with the mother and father behind and a cow and donkey at the back. In front to the sides is a fruit tree, with red spots, on the left and a man on the right. Above the cave is a representation of a middle eastern town, with sheep, shepherds, other men and women, palm trees, fruit trees and bushes. The scene is probably made of papier mache but may be moulded plastic, with moulded plastic figures and buildings. These are flat backed and painted in fairly dark colours. The scenery is black with traces of white and overlaid with very fine wood stained in greens, browns and yellows to give a grass effect.
The scene is glued into an oval box painted dark blue both inside and out. The top part represents the sky and is plain except for a number of small gold stars placed at the back.

Place of Origin




Materials and Techniques

dowel wood, moulded plastic, papier mache

Object history note

There are the remains of a paper label on the bottom of the box.

Production Note

possibly from the Grödner Tal region

Attribution note: These scenes are individually hand made and each will be different.


Dowel; Plastic; Papier mache



Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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