Part of the story of Christmas involves the Three Kings who came from the East to see the Baby Jesus. As was customary in their culture, they traveled in regal style with a caravan of richly ornamented animals.
Through the ages, artist have assumed that such an entourage would more than likely have included a majestic elephant. As a strong and intelligent animal, the elephant was often used in Eastern processions, painted and adorned with jewels and silk, as moving thrones for princes and maharajahs.
Elaborate Nativity sets, which first started appearing in the 1400s, often included many figures and animals that were native to the Eastern world. However, over the years, scenes of the Nativity have been “Westernized” and rarely depict the regal elephant and it young driver.
Now, a majestic elephant and its ornately costumed driver have been portrayed for your collections as they would have been seen in traditional Renaissance Nativities. Each sculpture is crafted of fine bone china and with the all the rich detail favored by the Renaissance masters.
Wonderful God, let us make our way to worship the Christ with all the greatest devotion we can offer. Let us claim Him as our King, and offer all that we are in His service. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.