How are Nativity figures measured?
How do I choose the right size of my nativity figurines?
As a measure for nativity figures, the height of a standing (male) figure, usually of Saint Joseph, is used. The size is given in centimeters (cm). The size of the other figures and animals in the nativity set is expressed in relation to the size of Saint Joseph. When ordering or buying nativity figures, the size of Saint Joseph serves as a reference size to which all other figures and animals in the set are scaled.
A practical example: Let's assume the size of Saint Joseph is 15 cm and the size of a sheep is 6 cm. In this case, both figures will be given a size of 15 cm. The actual size of Saint Joseph is 15 cm, while that of the sheep is actually 6 cm.
By using a uniform reference size, it is ensured that all figures and animals in the nativity set appear harmonious and realistic in terms of their size and proportions. This helps to create a beautiful and balanced representation of the Christmas story.