Morris Museum Loan Friday: Mexican Crèche

Happy #MorrisMuseumLoanFriday museum goers! As some of you don’t know, we here down in the Museum Loan Department have served New Jersey public and private schools, libraries, senior citizen and private facilities and organizations for more than half a century. We provide more than 1,400 portable boxed exhibits that relate to subjects in the arts, sciences, history and humanities.

As I was going through some of our boxes yesterday, I stumbled upon our box, Mexican Crèche, which held so much beauty and detailed craftsmanship that I wanted to share it with you.

Mexican Crèche- Making figures of reed or straw is an old Mexican craft. Please notice the woven faces.  Both religious figures and figures of ordinary people going about their business are produced, as well as many everyday objects like mats and fans for fanning charcoal fires.   The word crèche means a nativity scene.  So these particular reed and straw figures represent Christ in a manger, Mary, Joseph and the three Kings.  Throughout the year, not only at Christmas, artisans produce these straw or reed figures as a form of popular folk art.  This art can celebrate great Mexican leaders or other people that are important to Mexican history and culture.  Not one locale is known for creating these straw figures. They are common all throughout Mexico.

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From all of us at the Morris Museum, we wish you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday and New Year!