Antler Bear Nativity Set

By Troy Sice

Animal: Bear, Material: Antler
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Troy Sice's extraordinary 9-piece Nativity set is composed of baby Jesus and his little hay bed, Mary, Joseph, the three wise men, a shepherd and an angel. Each Bear is masterfully carved of antler, have eyes of inlaid pen shell, and burnt out nose, tail and ear details. Each adult bear wears an inlaid necklace of red coral and some feature an eye-catching pink coral cabochon.

Baby bear Jesus is about 1 5/8" long and 3/4" wide, while the incised hay bed is about 2 1/2" by 1 1/2". This sweet little one's claws are inlaid with slivers of jet, while its paw pads are inlaid with pen shell.

Mary and Joseph are both kneeling with their pen shell paw pads showing. Mary's unique shawl represents the heavens and is inlaid with materials like pink coral, turquoise, abalone, coral, lapis, mother-of-pearl, serpentine and malachite. Joseph's shawl is inlaid with geometric designs of turquoise, coral, serpentine, pen shell, malachite, pipestone, lapis, jet and serpentine paste. Mary is about 2 3/4" tall, 1 1/8" wide and 1 1/4" deep. Joseph is approximately 2 3/4" tall, 1" wide and 1 1/2" deep.

Each of three wise men stand at about 3 1/2" tall, 1 1/2" wide and 1 3/8" deep and they wear shawls that showcase luscious inlaid materials like malachite, coral, turquoise, mother-of-pearl, jet, spiny oyster shell, lapis, pink coral, serpentine, gold lip shell, and serpentine paste . A top each of their heads is a carved gold lip shell feather and silver accent.

Raising a sterling silver staff in celebration, the shepherd is about 4" tall, 1 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" deep. His shawl is also inlaid with colorful materials like coral, pen shell, spiny oyster shell, abalone, lapis, turquoise, serpentine, pink coral, malachite, lapis, pipestone and serpentine paste. Dragonfly friends are seen on both the shepherd and angel's shawls. With ethereal wings of incised gold lip shell, the heartfelt angel stands about 3 3/8" tall, 1 1/2" wide and 1 1/4" deep and is inlaid with pink mussel shell, turquoise, abalone, jet, variscite, spiny oyster shell, pipestone, lapis, and both serpentine and lapis paste.

A very collectible, museum-quality Nativity scene, this set will be a cherished one for many, many seasons to come. Extra shipping charges may apply.