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Kraków szopka (Christmas crib)
22-MAY-2012

Kraków szopka (Christmas crib)

There is a competition every winter of these Christmas cribs at the History Museum, and they are simply fabulous. The museums sells some of the contestants' work, and I really wanted to buy this one, but finally admitted (at the insistence of my husband) that not only would it be difficult to display (maybe 1 meter high) but also that it probably wouldn't travel well when we leave Budapest. It, along with many others, was spectacular; the scene at the crib on the second floor rotated and was lit by little lights. I ended up buying several very small ones made by an artist whose work I quite liked (who won the competition in 2002).

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Stephanie24-May-2012 11:26
Wow! The workmanship is really beautiful! What are the Christmas cribs made from? V
Mairéad22-May-2012 21:49
It's an amazingly beautiful piece - not surprised you were tempted to buy it. I'm sure the ones you did purchase are lovely.
Graeme22-May-2012 20:55
How fascinating, Helen. Shame you couldn't buy this one and display it at home. But some smaller pieces is better than none at all! Love the colours and details.BV
joseantonio22-May-2012 20:09
This is really a master piece
Jim Coffman22-May-2012 20:02
Very beautiful!!
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak22-May-2012 20:00
Excellent work - SZOPKA ~V~