Mary and Joseph worship baby Jesus in this unusual kisii stone nativity. Beautifully carved relief figures in glossy finished kisii contrast with the rough-hewn
back of the surrounding “cave”. Kisii soapstone, found only in Kenya, is a soft stone, easy to carve into many forms. Its satiny finish is achieved through
multiple stages of sanding, followed by waxing.
Hand-carved in Kenya. 5 1/2”W x 6 1/2”H
Jambo! is a traditional Kiswahili greeting. English and Kiswahili are Kenya’s official languages. Tropical fruits like pineapples, mangoes, oranges, bananas and
papaya are abundantly available in Kenya.
Made in Kenya
Materials Used, Stone and Pottery, Soapstone and Kisii
Gray, Kisii Stone
67.05 oz. Weight
2" L x 7" W x 7" H
Kenya, located in East Africa, is home to 47 distinct ethnic groups. The largest of these groups are the Kikuyu, the Luyia and the Luo. Kenya borders the Indian Ocean
in East Africa. With Lake Victoria to the west and coastal plains to the east, much of the country has a temperate climate. To the north are arid grasslands.
Jambo! is a traditional Kiswahili greeting. English and Kiswahili are Kenya’s official languages. Tropical fruits like pineapples, mangoes, oranges, bananas and papaya
are abundantly available in Kenya. Family is important to Kenyans. In rural areas, multiple generations may share a single home. Kenya’s people are a diverse mix of
ethnic groups and religions. Seventy-three percent of the population is Christian, six percent are Muslim and 20 percent practice traditional religions.
For ordinary Kenyans, price increases and shortages of basic commodities, water and power have become normal and unemployment remains high.