17 October 2018

The time for cribs arrives

Are you ready? Although it is only October, it is already time to think about the arrival of the most magical time of the year… Holy Christmas. We are getting ready, we are finishing the new crib figurine‘the merchant of the desert‘.
We are particularly fond of this figurine, because it is the first figurine for which the name was decided by you 🙂

The origin of the crib

The pictorial tradition of depicting the Nativity was later followed by the three-dimensional representation set up for the Christmas festivities, i.e. what is commonly understood today by the term ‘nativity scene’. This custom, at first predominantly Italian, originated at the time of St Francis of Assisi, who in 1223 produced the first representation of the Nativity in Greccio, after obtaining permission from Pope Honorius III. Francis had recently returned (in 1220) from Palestine and, impressed by his visit to Bethlehem, he intended to re-enact the Nativity scene in a place, Greccio, that he found so similar to the Palestinian town Thomas of Celano, chronicler of the life of St Francis, describes the scene in the First Life as follows:
“The crib is laid out, the hay is brought, the ox and the donkey are led. Simplicity is honoured there, poverty is exalted, humility is praised, and Greccio is transformed almost into a new Bethlehem.”

source Wikipedia: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presepe

Our statuettes

We, the Zeni brothers, have always been fascinated by this magic. Representing life, traditions and customs at the time of Jesus’ birth. In recent years we have made around 200 figurines, discover them all

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