Museo Etnografico della Val Varatella

Christmas Exhibit

Christmas Exhibit

The Christmas exhibit called “Images and objects from the Christmas tradition” held at the Museum at the same time as the event “Itinerary of nativity scenes” features about 300 antique hand-crafted objects celebrating this time of year.


Two nativity scenes dating back to the end of the 1800s-early 1900s are displayed, both originating from popular traditions of the area around Albisola, with figurines hand-crafted in clay known as “i macachi”, and painted with cold colors.
They are accompanied by nativity scenes made of plaster-cast figurines by artists known as “stucchini” of the city of Lucca, who used to sell their figurines during expos. A few tridimentional paper nativity scenes are also featured.
The exhibit proposes some small Christmas-themed images from the 1800s and some letters mounted on carved frames.  An eighteenth and nineteenth century’s collection of “Bambinelli”, small baby Jesus statues in various poses built with paper mache, plaster, wax, and wood, conclude the exhibit.  


The objects displayed at this exhibit are part of the Museum’s collections and come as unique donations by or loans from families from Toirano.

Nativity Scenes

Nativity Scenes

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Christmas Exhibit

Christmas Exhibit

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