Saturday, 20 December 2014

A plaster nativity

I found this today at the Ulster Folk Museum, one of my favourite local places to visit. It's in the chapel, which is the church of St John the Baptist, originally from Drumcree and dating back to 1783.

The vintage plaster figures are arranged on a bed of straw in front of an early nineteenth century memorial stone. I think they're beautiful -  a reminder of a time and a mindset when, for good or ill, people whose own homes were bare and bleak invested money and effort in decorating their churches and chapels.

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