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Owl Nativity
An English timber house becomes a manger
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Bethlehem, in soft blues, is pictured in the distance, while the Babe, Mary, and Joseph and two more planes created by tabs give this nativity a nice 3-dimensional feel.
This detail shows the soft colors of the Owl Nativity.
This nativity spills out from an English timber-framed manger, complete with straw roof and... green shutters!

On the manger plane, an owl makes its nest in one of the windows, a lantern hangs from a post, a Bethlehem star rests on the roof, two sheep are asleep in a carpet of straw, and four little angels flutter about with lighted candles, and the ox and ass, eyes heavy with sleep, stand on the right.

On the middle plane, Mary cradles Jesus in a manger of hay and Joseph raises his arms in embrace.

The third plane, in off-whites and shades of pale blue, depicts a pergola and the white stucco houses of Bethlehem.

On tabs that protrude towards the front, two more planes create a marvelous three-dimensional effect: sheep, a sheepdog, an open jewelry box, and two young attendants sporting earings and oriental dress appear on the first, another dozing sheep and the three Magi on the second.



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