Thursday, December 11, 2014

Museum of Baby Jesus

I share with you a stunning display of images of Baby Jesus, set up as a permanent exhibition in a private house in Birkirkara, Malta. I first was introduced to this exhibition in 2002, and visited it with my father, incidentally just 3 days before he died. Four years ago, the exhibition was set up as a permanent display with over 1500 different images of Baby Jesus in various postures as you can see from these few photos.
Most of them represent the infant Jesus as he lies in his manger, but others represent the Infant of Prague and others showing Jesus as a toddler. Mr. Paul Pace is the owner of this vast collection, now a Museum of various Statues of Baby Jesus. His life passion of collecting these statues gives him the greatest pleasure and satisfaction to present them to the general public, Maltese and tourist alike. The number of these statues are now around 1,500 are made of various materials such as wax, paper-mache’, wood, clay, lead, resin, chalk, and even porcelain, stone and pottery. 
Their sizes vary from a tiny one of a few millimeters, to some over 3 feet. Some present the Baby Jesus in his sleep, others just lying down, while others in a sitting position sometimes with open arms, folded arm or in other instances seen blessing the world.

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