We are pleased to introduce our exclusive collection of Polish Nativity Churches called Kraków Szopki. Originating in nineteenth century Cracow, Szopki – nativity scenes used for travelling puppet shows - are the jewel in the crown of Polish folk art. Initiated by Cracow’s woodworkers and masons to generate extra income before Christmas, by 1937 the city’s municipal authority had instigated a Szopka competition which still takes place every year in the main market square. Crafted from unassuming materials including cereal boxes and sweet wrappers, the architecture of Poland’s cultural capital is recreated in beautifully intricate miniature then covered from top to bottom in jewel-bright foil, making a joyful backdrop for the Nativity of Jesus. From hand-high to half a metre tall, brighten your mantelpiece with one of Eastern Europe’s greatest festive traditions.
The Szopka pictured are of the following dimensions:
Height: 44 cm (17.25in)
Width: 25cm (9.75in)
Depth: 15cm (6in)
Every Szopka is hand made by different artists and as as a result all are unique. Dimensions may vary slightly
Click on the option button to view and buy the different Skopka, then click once on the photo for a larger image
Please note that all non-UK customers should contact our London office to purchase this item. The shipping charges shown at check out are for the UK only.