Woman with an Oil Lamp - Femme au Calen - Size #1 / Cricket

Woman with an Oil Lamp - Femme au calen - Fremo eme lou calen

The old, bent Woman with an Oil Lamp, lights her way to the creche with her "Calen" - a small, hand-held Roman oil lamp (using olive oil as the fuel) that dates from antiquity. She wears a large, hand-woven, cashmere, fringed shawl imported directly from India.

She is seen by some to symbolize the old lady whose limitless devotion was noted during the last great European plague, the bubonic plague that hit Marseille in 1720. The plague of 1720 remains in the collective memory of the Marseillais to this day, and remains as an aspect of the importance of the Woman with an Oil Lamp to the creche.

Size #1 / Cricket (the 1-5/8 inch - 4 cm size)

Made in France

Santons Marcel Carbonel
Since 1935
The Premier Santons Workshop
Marseille, France
Item No. 1C28



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