Rare Hand-carved Ostrich Egg Nativity - Namibia Africa Welcome to our auction for a hand-carved ostrich egg Nativity from Namibia. This Nativity scene was hand-carved into an ostrich egg shell by our friend Risto Iita, who is a university student and Christian in Namibia . The egg sits on a base that Risto coiled by hand from simple wire. The ostrich egg is approximately 6 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide. The stand is 6 inches tall by 3 inches wide.
Joseph and Mary watch over their baby while shepherds worship Him on the left side. Bethlehem and its star frame the Family from behind. African animals approach the Family from the right side. In addition to traditional sheep, Risto used a zebra and a gazelle in his design.
Click to see a large picture of the egg and base. Click to see a large picture of Joseph, Mary and Jesus with Bethlehem behind them. Click to see a large picture of the two shepherds to the left of Joseph. Click to see a large picture of the gazelle and sheep to the right of Mary. Click to see a large picture of the zebra to the right of the gazelle. A beautiful tree is carved between these two animals. Click to see a large picture of the top of the egg, showing Bethlehem and its star. The base of the egg that sits in the wire stand has a one-inch hole cut out of it so that a small night light can be put inside the egg. Please note that we are not including a light with this auction, but a light can easily be purchased at any housewares store. Turning on a light inside the egg accentuates the beautiful carving. Click to see a large picture of a light inside an egg (not the egg in this auction). We are selling rare ethnic Nativity scenes to do a little good in the world. All profits from our sale of Nativity sets on eBay go to charity in Third World countries . It's a good cause that will hopefully touch many people. We are doing this project to teach our children about service and charity, so it is a family project and each member of the family has a part in it. We are also currently selling some amazing ethnic Nativity sets from China and Nepal and Mongolia and Ethiopia on eBay. Our Nativity items are always brand new. Shipping in the US will be $7.00 at the buyer's expense. Shipping outside the US will be actual cost. Payment is easiest with PayPal, but we are happy to accept money orders as well. We may consider personal checks from buyers with high feedback scores. Please check with us first if you would like to pay in some other way. We are extremely eager to be outstanding sellers, so we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason, please return the item to us for a full refund within 30 days, less shipping costs. Thank you and happy bidding!