Wilson Romero Cochiti Stone Carved Nativity Set

Item No: 27045

$ 375.00

  • A unique carved stone Nativity set handmade by Cochiti Pueblo artist Wilson Romero. Romero handcrafted each figurine out of collected river rock. This one-of-a-kind set is a must-have.
    • Stone Carved Nativity Set handcrafted by Wilson A. Romero (Cochiti)
    • Man measures: 1-1/8" L x 1-1/4" W x 4-1/4" H
    • Woman measures: 1-1/4"L x 1-1/8" W x 3-1/2" H
    • Shepard measures: 1-1/8" L x 1-1/4" W x 4-1/4" H
    • King # 1 measures: 1-1/4" L x 1-1/2" W x 4-1/2" H
    • King # 2 measures: 1-1/4" L x 1-1/2" W x 4-1/2" H
    • King # 3 measures: 1-1/4" L x 1-1/2" W x 4-1/2" H
    • Baby measures: 2-1/2" L x 1" W
    • Manger measures: 3" L x 1-1/8" W x 1" H
    • Eagle measures: 1-1/4" L x 1/2"W x 2-3/8" H
    • Owl measures: 3/4" L x 1/2" W x 2-1/4" H
    • Buffalo measures: 3" L x 3/4" W x 2"H
    • Mountain lion measures: 2-5/8"L x 5/8" W x 1-1/4"H
    • Coyote measures: 3" L x 3/4" W x 1-1/2" H
    • Bear measures: 3” L x 1-1/8" W x 2"H
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Wilson A. Romero, Cochiti Pueblo and Navajo descent, is known for his unique river rock carvings.
  • Cochiti Pueblo has been making sophisticated clay pottery and figurines for hundreds of years. It may be best-known as the birthplace of the Storyteller figure, one of the most widely collected and recognized Pueblo art forms.

    Storytellers were developed by Cochiti Pueblo potter Helen Cordero in 1963, and traditionally depict a male elder telling stories to children, all with open mouths. Cordero was inspired by the traditional “Singing Mother” figure often represented in clay, and by her grandfather, a legendary Cochiti storyteller.

    In Pueblo culture, stories are passed down orally from generation to generation, and the Storyteller figure represents the importance of the storytelling tradition. Today, Cochiti potters make traditional Storytellers as well as more contemporary figurines that depict non-traditional subjects such as animals, and are often whimsical or humorous in style.

    Cochiti’s traditional pottery style is a black, red, and buff polychrome with the base and interior of the vessel painted red. Traditional designs include birds, animals, rain, clouds, flowers, lightning, and other motifs drawn from nature. Today, pottery-making remains an extremely strong and vibrant art form in Cochiti Pueblo, with many artists producing work of incredibly high quality in both traditional and contemporary styles.

  • Fetishes are small carvings that depict animals or other important Native icons. Many tribes and Pueblos of the Southwest are known for making fetishes, but this ancient art form is most closely associated with the Zuni, who are considered the most skilled fetish carvers.

    Early Zuni fetishes were called Ahlashiwe, or stone ancients. Traditionally, they depict wolves, bears, mountain lions, eagles, frogs, rabbits, fish, corn maidens, and myriad other animals.

    The Zuni people believe that the skills and qualities of the animal reside in these fetishes and can bring some of the animals’ power to their keeper. They are often part of ceremonies and serve as a powerful connection to nature and the spirit world.

    Read our Native American Carvings Collector's Guide.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase, and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.

    Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 40 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.

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