In Peru, small portable scenes with doors are called retablos. This retablo is more precious than most because its figures are carved from stone, a stone called piedra de huamonga. The carved stone has been painted with colors that bring the figures to life. One of the kneeling animals is a llama, a revered Peruvian animal. The wooded doors have small leather hinges. The retablo can sit on a shelf, or it could easily be converted to hang on a wall by adding hardware to the back. It is five and three quarters inches tall (15 cm.) and eight inches wide (20 cm.).
PERUVIAN RETABLO NATIVITY WITH PAINTED STONE FIGURES
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