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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" Foil and Wood Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska - Blue
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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. Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska
1" (2.5cm) long Hand Made In Poland
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Foil Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 5" Foil Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 5" Foil Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 5.5"
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Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 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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Foil Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 7" Foil Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 8" Gingerbread And Anise Christmas Creche
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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. 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
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Gorale z Szopka on Glass- Gorale Boys Carrying A Szopka Hand Carved Traditional Nativity Scene Hand Carved Traditional Nativity Scene
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Gorale z Szopka - Gorale Boys Carrying A Szopka 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
Hand Painted By Janina Oleksy-Lew Hand Carved And Painted By Jerzy Zbrozek Hand Carved
Hand Cut And Carved Nativity Creche Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska - Blue - 9" Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 4.75"
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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 Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 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
Art made from Bark! Hand Made In Krakow Hand Made In Krakow
Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 9.5" Krakowiak with Szopka (Nativity) Traditional Polish Doll Large Polish Pop-Up Christmas Szopka (Creche) - Gloria In Excelsis Deo - Thatched Roof
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Krakow Christmas Creche - Szopka Krakowska 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.
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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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Miniature Nativity Scene - Large Miniature Nativity Scene - Small Nutshell With Nativity Ornament
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Beautiful hand carved and painted wooden miniature nativity by Szopki maker Marian Wiecek. Beautiful hand carved and painted wooden miniature nativity by Szopki maker Marian Wiecek. The meaning of CHRISTmas in a nutshell! Looking for a distinguishing or distinctively beautiful gift? This plastic nutshell ornament houses Mary, Joseph and the Christ child with a star above. Made in Germany, this nutshell with nativity ornament comes re
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Oplatki Table Creche Display - Gloria In Excelsis Deo Polish Felt Christmas Ornament - Nativity Creche - Szopka Polish Folk Carved Nativity Triptych 10.25"
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Decorate your Wigilia table with this freestanding Christmas creche table display which holds a packet of large oplatki wafers (4 white and 1 pink). The cardboard display folds away for storage for next year. A Polish language card of Wigilia customs and Hand made in Krakow by a real Polish babcia!  Made of felt and foil. Our special keepsake is sure to look splendorous nested in your favorite collector's tree for many seasons to come! Hand carved and painted by folk artist Stanislaw Tokarczyk. Our artist is a person of mystery and sets barriers he does not allow us to cross. Other than his age (70's) he does not release any personal biographical information about himself.
Stand Includes Packet of  5 Oplatki Made In Poland Hand Made In Poland
Polish Folk Carving - Christmas Creche Polish Hand Made Nativity Creche Set - 10 Piece Polish Hand Made Nativity Creche Set - 10 Piece
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Hand carved and painted by folk artist Marian Pazucha from Nowy Sacz. The beautiful creche is designed to hang on the wall. Front doors open to reveal angels adoring the Holy Family. Very nice detail.Ready to hang. The Holy Family and in particular the Nativity is a popular theme in Polish folk art. Composed of natural and hand painted wooden pieces. Tallest figure is approx 6" tall. This is the work of folk artist Jerzy Zrbozek. The Holy Family and in particular the Nativity is a popular theme in Polish folk art. Composed of a natural wood creche  and all hand painted wooden pieces. Tallest figure is approx 6.25" tall. This is the work of folk artist Piotr Wolinski and highly
Hand Made In Poland
Hand Carved And Painted By Jerzy Zbrozek
Hand Carved And Painted By Piotr Wolinski
   
 
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