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Accession Number: 1996.5.7

Physical Description: Hand-carved wooden Nativity scene consisting of a manger, three palm trees and various figures mounted on an irregularly-shaped wooden base. In the manger are an ox, a donkey, Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus in a cradle. Outside the manger are a shepherd, seven sheep, three kings, a man and a camel. Joseph and the shepherd are holding staffs, Mary is kneeling at the cradle, and the kings are carrying gifts. The trees have tapered, ribbed trunks with teardrop-shaped palm leaves at the top. A black stamped maker's mark on the bottom with barely legible German print.

History of Object: This hand-carved figure was made by former German POWs who had recuperated at Winter General Hospital in Topeka. Upon returning to Germany after World War II they sent hand-carved figures to the donor's father, Rev. Ernest Sibberson, who had ministered to them at Winter Hospital, in appreciation of his kindness.

Date: Between 1945 and 1950

Dimensions (in cm): 19.90 (H) 15.30 (W) 12.80 (D)

Marks/Inscriptions: [maker's mark] Rich Ehnert Freilchaffenber Berk Muftler[?] / Wertflett erzgeb. Meinfunft / Geffen Im Enzgebieg / Ernst-Thalmann-Str. 159. ||

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Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Shawnee County (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Topeka (Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: Germany
    Event: World War, 1939-1945
    Business / Organization: Winter General Hospital
    Individual: Sibberson, Ernest Christian, 1885-

Status: Cataloged

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