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Majolica is a well loved type of glazed pottery. It is found in many countries, such as Spain, Italy, Holland, England and Mexico. This nativity is a Russian version of majolica. Natalia Pavlova is an award winning Russian ceramic artist and designer. While she was studying in art school, she fell in love with the style of Italian majolica and its distinctive tin oxide glaze. After graduation, she founded a majolica workshop in Russia which features her designs. The six pieces of her nativity can stand on a shelf or hang on a Christmas tree. Each piece is richly painted with many details. The three wise men wear elegant robes with many touches of gold and they their carry precious gifts. The tallest piece is four inches (10 cm.).