Cedar relief panel, 'Mystery of Christ's Birth' (Peru)

Expertly carving cedar wood, Alejandro Ram rez depicts the first Christmas in a classic composition. Mary, Joseph and the animals gaze at little Jesus as he sleeps in the manger. An angel hovers nearby and the Christmas star shines above the stable like a beacon. Ram rez adds subtle color by hand and applies bronze leaf to the star. A hook at the back facilitates wall display.