Add this “Star of Wonder” to your Nativity, Little Town of Bethlehem or other Holy Land display for just the right finishing touch…
According to the Bible, the star of Bethlehem led the wise men to the child Jesus. Astronomers have theorized that this celestial body may have been the brilliant conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the constellation Pisces, which occurred three times in the year 7 B.C. Matthew gives us the impression that Jesus may have spent the first two years of his life in Bethlehem and most modern day scholars place His birth in 6 B.C. possibly 7 B.C.
Item is brand new in the box from dealer stock and has only been opened for inspection and photos. Our inspection revealed no chips, cracks etc. No pieces are missing from the box. All photos are of the actual item you will receive. The sand and palm trees shown on the sleeve are not included in this auction. The star shaped acrylic lightcover is packed separately in the box.
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Item Name & Item #: STAR OF WONDER #56.59906
Manufacturer/Series: Department 56 — The Holy Land Collection
Year(s) Produced: Dec 2000 to 2003
Materials: Hand-painted Porcelain and Acrylic
Measurements (L x W x H): 5½ x 4 x 10” overall; lightcover 2¼ x 1 x ½”
Unpacked Weight: 2 pounds
Original Box/Sleeve: Included
Extras: An extra light bulb is included in the box
Battery Box: Included – 2 “C” batteries required; adapter compatible #56.55026
Eligible for Combined Shipping: Yes
Inspection Report: (identified defects, if any, are listed below)
Item Overall Condition: New In Box (NIB)
Scratches, Chips, Cracks and Crazing: None Observed
Repairs: None Observed
Mechanical (lights, animation, sound etc): None Observed
Condition of Packaging: Excellent
Each Department 56 piece is handcrafted of ceramic, individually hand painted, and
then fired with a matte finish. Cast into the mold is the Department 56 logo —
your guarantee of authenticity.
Every year pieces are retired and the molds broken leaving room for new pieces
that capture the heart and spirit of The Holy Land.
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Condition of Packaging
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