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Singapore

The following Nativities are each displayed in a unique permanent setting created by Marian Library Crèche Collection volunteers. The descriptive text for each was written by Father Johann Roten, S.M.


Nativity set from Singapore
Fragile Majesties
Amos Tay

This majestic nativity representation from Singapore was made by a Buddhist family. The medium used is paste from the bark of the Cinnamon tree, called pâte d'encens. The tiny but bustling island state of Singapore, formerly a part of Malaysia, is situated at the crossroad of many cultures. This nativity set reflects the influence of East and West. The baroque style of posture and vestments suggest a Latin origin, possibly Portugal or Spain. The facial expressions convey some of the mysterious gravity of Asian religious traditions. Made of pâte d'encens, the figures are light and fragile. Their brittle existence is in stark contrast with their imposing stance and proud bearing. Gathered at the manger, the kings are but fragile majesties.

– ML.1118.05

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