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Wax Baby Jesus in Glass Case
This is a very early wax baby Jesus, most probably from Germany, circa 1790, abounding in significant detail. He is laying on a lace topped peach cloth and his features are very finely formed. His head seems to be resting on a gold sunburst and his right hand is holding a faux jeweled cross. Above his head is a circular pediment decorated with gold and rose trimmings. There is a small mirror on either side. Very typical of German Christmas scenes, he is raised up on a glittering snowy base. On one side is a tree made of twisted wire and on the other side is a tree made of feathers. The base is wood and raised up on four tapered legs. There is a glass dome that fits securely within the wood base. All the corners of the dome are paper covered. There is some loss to the paper on top and a small section of the glass on the top right is broken, which is the only imperfection we have observed. One of the other very beautiful aspects of this piece is all the various patterned papers that decorate it; such as the bottom of the creche, the inside back of the dome, and the exterior of the dome. This is a remarkably beautiful and very well preserved creche scene, sure to inspire and radiate joy.
The approximate overall measurements are: 7" wide X 4 1/2" deep X 7" high. The wax baby Jesus is approximately 2 3/4" long.
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