One of the most enduring and universal Christmas traditions is the creche, or the Nativity scene: a representation of the story of Christ"s birth. This beautifully illustrated book – now available in a perfect gift-size edition – reveals the worldwide appeal and custom of the creche and the diversity of creative expression displayed in this art form. James L. Govan, a foremost collector of creches, insightfully interprets more than 100 nativities and explains the origins of the artists" works. From the Makonde in Tanzania to the Wichi in northern Argentina and the Asmats in Indonesia, the indigenous cultures of more than 70 countries are represented, and the collection is far from restricted to the work of Christian artists: the creches include examples made by Muslim, Taoist, Buddhist and Jewish artists.
Lames L. Govan is a collector of contemporary crèches and the Founding President of the Friends of the Crèche society. He is a former international aid and development worker. With his late wife, Emilia Govan, he searched all corners of the world for unique and unusual nativities.
More than 100 creches (Nativity scenes) from over 70 countries reflect indigenous cultures from around the world
A wonderfully designed album, complemented by engaging text
Will appeal to anyone interested in folk art, cultural traditions and collectables, and especially to those seeking the ideal Christmas present
160 colour illustrations