Fifth day of Christmas

Mary in the stable

TITLE: 耶穌誕生 1 (The Birth of Jesus 1, The Nativity)
ARTIST: 華效先 (Hua Xiaoxian, Luke Hua Hsiao-hsien)
INSCRIPTION(S): 天主慶賀吾主耶穌聖誕圖; 路加華效先; 北平廣安門聖心堂美術部出品 (God Celebrates the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus; Luke Hua Xiaoxian; A product of the Beiping Guang’anmen Sacred Heart Church Fine Arts Department)
MEDIUM: Chinese watercolor on silk; mounted as hanging scroll
DESCRIPTION: Mary and Joseph surround the newborn Jesus lying in the manger, attended by angels playing traditional Chinese instruments; viewed from outside the cave.
DIMENSIONS: (Painting [Mounting]) 58×122 cm [70×175 cm]



About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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