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We feature a variety of Christmas creches from Poland the most famous of all being those from Krakow.
 
Each year on the first Thursday of December, from 9:00am to 12:00am, in keeping with the local tradition, nativity scene makers gather in the picturesque scenery of the the Adam Mickiewicz statue to present their latest craftwork to the organizers of the Krakow Nativity Scene Contest - representatives of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow (HMK) - as well as to the wide circle of tradition lovers.  
The contest was initiated in 1937 by the Krakow Municipal Board.  As the local newspaper wrote on Dec. 23 of that year, "it yielded extraordinarily impressive resluts, and the Krakow authorities made a praiseworthy effort by inspiring nativity scene makers to safeguard the ancient custom, raise the level of their artistry, and - most of all - to preserve the purity of style of the Krakow nativity scene".
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Amber Nativity Pendant Artistic Ceramic Nativity 4" Artistic Ceramic Nativity 4"
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Amber (Bursztyn in Polish) is fossilized tree sap that dates back 40 million years.  It comes from all around the world, but the highest quality and richest deposits are found around the Baltic Sea. Hand made and painted by Polish folk artists Anna and Rajmund Kicman. Mr Kicman creates the figures and his wife paints them.
Signed by the artists. Hand made and painted by Polish folk artists Anna and Rajmund Kicman. Mr Kicman creates the figures and his wife paints them.
Signed by the artists.
1" (2.5cm) long Hand Made In Poland
Hand Made In Poland
Artistic Ceramic Nativity 4" Artistic Ceramic Nativity 4" Artistic Ceramic Nativity 4"
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Hand made and painted by Polish folk artists Anna and Rajmund Kicman. Mr Kicman creates the figures and his wife paints them.
Signed by the artists. Hand made and painted by Polish folk artists Anna and Rajmund Kicman. Mr Kicman creates the figures and his wife paints them.
Signed by the artists. Hand made and painted by Polish folk artists Anna and Rajmund Kicman. Mr Kicman creates the figures and his wife paints them.
Signed by the artists.
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Hand Made In Poland
Hand Made In Poland
Dzieci z Szopka on Glass- Children Carrying A Szopka Foil and Wood Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska - Blue Foil and Wood Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska - Red
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Dzieci z Szopka - Children Carrying A Szopka Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska
Hand Painted By Janina Oleksy-Lew Hand Made In Krakow Hand Made In Krakow
Foil Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska Foil Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 5.5" Foil Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 9"
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Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska
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Gingerbread And Anise Christmas Creche Hand Carved Traditional Nativity Scene Hand Carved Traditional Nativity Scene
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Handmade hanging Christmas manger scene. Made in Warsaw by a master baker this manger is intended for display (hanger included). Enclosed in a hand made presentation box our creche is packed nestled on a bed of sianko (Christmas hay).  Two sizes available The Holy Family and in particular the Nativity is a popular theme in Polish folk art.   This is the work of Jerzy Zrbozek
The Chapel in the back and all the figures are placed on the base which means the figures can be moved or arranged on another The Holy Family and in particular the Nativity is a popular theme in Polish folk art. The nativity is made of first quality materials, dry wood(linden) and the best quality paints. Mr Cichon carves and his wife paints all the sculptures made by her husban

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Hand Carved And Painted By Jerzy Zbrozek Hand Carved
Hand Cut And Carved Nativity Creche How To Make A Cracow-style Crib (Szopka) - Czyli Jak Robi Szopke Krakowska Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska - Blue - 9"
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The artist takes a one inch vertical slab of tapered linden tree and carves a niche out of the bark side in order to fit a miniature Holy Family. Decorated with moss these rustic creches reflect the spiritual nature of the Polish countryside. No two crech The author, Wieslaw Barczewski, has been making traditional Cracow-style Christmas cribs for 30 years.  This book provides step-by-step procedures and contains over 150 black-and-white sketches and color photographs. 152 pages. Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska
Art made from Bark! by Wieslaw Barczewski Hand Made In Krakow
Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska - Red - 9" Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 4.75" Krakow Creche On Glass - Szopka Krakowska #1 Large
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This creche is unusual in that our artist has added some wooden elements to the structure. Note in the picture the arch, windows and outside wall columns are all trimmed in carved wood. Krakow Christmas cribs (creches) have made a global career.  There's nothing quite like them anywhere else in the world.  This special type of Christmas crib first appeared in 19th century Krakow and it's still going strong today Painting the Szopka Krakowska on the reverse side of glass is a specialty of master artist Janina Oleksy All pictures vary.  No two alike.
Hand Made In Krakow Hand Made In Krakow Hand Painted By Janina Oleksy
Krakow Creche on Glass - Szopka Krakowska #2 Medium Krakow Creche on Glass - Szopka Krakowska #2 Medium Krakow Creche on Glass - Szopka Krakowska #2 Small
Our Price: $125.00
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Painting the Szopka Krakowska on the reverse side of glass is a specialty of master artist Janina Oleksy-Lew Painting on glass is a popular Polish form of folk art by which the artist paints a picture on the reverse side of a glass surface. 
By far the most elaborate szopkas are those from the city of Krakow Painting on glass is a popular Polish form of folk art by which the artist paints a picture on the reverse side of a glass surface. 
By far the most elaborate szopkas are those from the city of Krakow.
Hand Painted By Janina Oleksy-Lew Hand Painted By Janina Oleksy-Lew Hand Painted By Janina Oleksy-Lew
Krakow Creche on Glass - Szopka Krakowska #3 Large Krakowiak with Szopka (Nativity) Traditional Polish Doll Large Polish Pop-Up Christmas Szopka (Creche) - Gloria In Excelsis Deo - Thatched Roof
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Painting on glass is a popular Polish form of folk art by which the artist paints a picture on the reverse side of a glass surface. 
By far the most elaborate szopkas are those from the city of Krakow. Krakowiak with Szopka (Nativity) Traditional Polish Doll In Polish homes the szopka (creche)  is a central part of the Christmas season.  This is a large pop up thick glossy paper szopka with the Holy Family in Bethlehem.  Perfect for displaying on a mantle, a tabletop or under the tree.
Hand Painted By Janina Oleksy-Lew Polish Heritage Series Made In Poland
Mini Foil Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 4" Mini Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 3" Mini Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 4.25"
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Krakow Christmas cribs (creches) have made a global career.  There's nothing quite like them anywhere else in the world.  This special type of Christmas crib first appeared in 19th century Krakow and it's still going strong today. Krakow Christmas cribs (creches) have made a global career.  There's nothing quite like them anywhere else in the world.  This special type of Christmas crib first appeared in 19th century Krakow and it's still going strong today. Krakow Christmas cribs (creches) have made a global career.  There's nothing quite like them anywhere else in the world.  This special type of Christmas crib first appeared in 19th century Krakow and it's still going strong today.
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