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Fr Roten Blog #19: Czech Republic

The Nativity of the Pauper Pavel Korber (1862-1925)

These cutout nativities of 165 pieces by Pavel Korber were published in 1933 by Umelecky Ustav Litograficky (Prague). Very popular at the turn of last century, the imagery was influenced by nineteenth century Bible illustrations à la Tissot and Doré. The overall style beckons to the orientalist tendencies of the times. Colorful and affordable, these cutout nativities were called "crèches of the poor." 

Reprinted with permission: University of Dayton - Marian Library Collection. All rights reserved.

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