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Trapani Nativity Group

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Trapani Nativity Group

Date

1650-1700

Medium

Coral, silver, gilt-copper and enamel

Dimensions

H: 57 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0342.S

Collection

Naples

Status

On Display

The fashion for recreating Nativity scenes reached the height of popularity in Naples and Sicily in the early 1700s. Coral was a popular medium as it was thought to symbolise the blood of Christ. Red Mediterranean coral was plentiful off the coast of Sicily, and from the 1400s to the 1700s the province of Trapani was well known for coral craftsmanship.

Trapani Nativity Group 1650-1700 © Compton Verney

Trapani Nativity Group 1650-1700 © Compton Verney

Trapani Nativity Group 1650-1700 © Compton Verney

Trapani Nativity Group 1650-1700 © Compton Verney