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Tyrolean Christmas Crib
By Josef Bachlechner

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The Holy Family sheet of The Tyrolean Cut-out Crib by Josef Bachlechner features two instrument-playing angels, the Babe in the manger watched over by the the ox and the ass, and a kneeling Mary and Joseph, who holds flowers in his arms.

captionThe Adoration of the Magi, Church of The Nativity, Schmirn, Austria.
The Tiroler Ausschneiderkrippe (Tyrolean Cut-out Crib) by Joseph Bachlechner is part of the collection of the Tiroler Landesmuseen (Tyrolean State Museums) in Innsbruck, Austria.

These postcard-size nativity sheets wouldn't just create a marvelous nativity diorama: they have also inspired woodcarvers, among them Plank Stefan Steiner who based his Anri wood-carved nativity on the Bachlechner Paper Crib.

And in the Church of The Nativity in Schmirn, about 15 miles southeast of Innsbruck, are two two carved nativities influenced by the Bachlechner paper original.

One, The Adoration of the Magi, is shown at left. The other, The Adoration of the Shepherds, shown on the following page.

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Tiroler Landesmuseen Collection

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