Vintage Santon Figurine Hand Painted Provence France Nativity Creche Terra Cotta
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Vintage santon figurine, man in a blue hat, white jacket, grey pants, and I believe holding a gun. Santons have been made in Provence France since the late 1700's. They are made for Nativity scenes, of terra cotta, and hand painted. I do believe this santon has some age to it, I have not been able to find any similar to these. There is light wear to the paint and some scuff marks. No markings on the bottom.
Santons originated during the French Revolution when churches were forcibly closed, and the people could no longer have their large nativity sets. They started making small sets and often made them in the likeness of the people in the village.
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This santon stands 4 1/2 inches tall with a 1 1/8 x 1 1/4 inch base.