DescriptionThe Metropolitan Museum’s Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche showcases our collection of beautiful eighteenth-century crèche figures. The 2014 Angel Tree Ornament is based on an original angel from this vivid Neapolitan Nativity scene.
White metal with 18K matte gold overlay. Hand painted. Includes a gold ribbon for hanging. Gift boxed. 3''H x 3 1/2''W.
- White metal with 18K matte gold overlay
- Hand painted
- Includes a gold ribbon for hanging
- Gift boxed
- 3''H x 3 1/2''W
Art HistoryThe crafting of Christmas crèches originated as a devotional practice in Europe in the Middle Ages. The custom of creating large crèches with a multitude of figures was already well established in Naples when Charles III of Bourbon became king in 1734. During his reign, Christmas crèches became increasingly elaborate; hundreds of figures and innovations were added, and the most gifted sculptors of Naples lent their talents to the task.