Western Kenya’s Kisii tribe live in the rich agricultural highlands in Nyanza. In addition to farming crops like sorghum and millet and raising livestock on their lands, the Kisii have a strong craft tradition that includes basketry and soapstone carving. Soapstone is easy to carve and is quarried in the nearby Tabaka Hills. Intricate patterns featuring interlocked loops and cut-outs are a hallmark of Kisii carving style.
This small, ivory-hued nativity scene began as a solid piece of local soapstone, which the artist carves and polishes to reveal a representation of Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus under the star of Bethlehem. Please accept small variations in each hand-carved nativity scene.
Handcrafted in Kisii, Kenya, by members of the Kisii tribe. Approx. 5-6"H x 8”W.
The product received looked very different from the product presented in the online shop: There was no head detail on Joseph. There was no manger... just a lump that had a couple of scratches to outline a baby. Mary was hunched over with less detail. The most obvious quality flaw was that the part that was supposed to be Joseph's praying hands with the flowing robe to either side actually was very low with no division to outline hands. It actually looked like Joseph was holding his "member"... very unsatisfactory!!! I paid to ship it back to get my $ back.
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Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend