Santa and Train Christmas Pyramid
Christmas Pyramid Manufacturer: Richard Glaesser
Country of Origin: Germany
Christmas Pyramid Type: Santa and Train Christmas Pyramid
Christmas Pyramid Dimensions: 10.5"H x 9"W x 9"D
This handmade Santa and Train Christmas Pyramid comes directly from the
Erzgebirge region of Germany. This pyramid has an arch design and
features Santa Claus with a model train and stands 10.5 inches
high. All the figures are hand-carved and enameled. This product is
100% handmade in Germany.
This pyramid uses Pyramid-Candles-29314n,Pyramid-Candles-29314r,Pyramid-Candles-29314w.
Once candles (not included) are placed in the holders and lit, the
heat from the rising flame will spin the tiers of the pyramid.
This is not a toy. When candles are lit the pyramid must never be
left unattended. Saxon Gifts and our parent company cannot be held
liable for any misuse or incorrect use of this product. Manufacturers
instructions must be adhered to all times when using this item.
About Christmas Pyramids:
|One of the very early and unusual articles to come out
of the Erzgebirge is the Christmas pyramid. It is not known exactly
when the first pyramid was made but it is estimated that it was around
300 years ago. In the year of 1716, a Protestant minister in the area
named Melzer, wrote “Vain youth, loving all kinds of light have
erected pyramidsThe first pyramids were very simple, often times just
sticks tied together at the top and decorated with bright and gay
materials. To maintain an upright position, the sticks had to be tied in
such way that the base was broader than the top, hence, the pyramid
shape, and the reason for giving them their name – pyramid.
of old with lots of candles”.
In time flat and round platforms were developed and a
center shaft was put through the platforms. Thus, the platforms could
rotate. Ultimately, wings or blades were attached at the top and
candles fitted to various parts of the pyramid. When the candles were
lighted the heat would move the wing blades and thus rotate or propel
the whole structure.
The combination of heat and light were the prominent feature of the
pyramid – in contrast to the cold dampness and darkness of the mines,
the people in this area had worked in for centuries. Once the basic
style of the pyramid evolved, variations were made.
In every sense, each pyramid is a collector’s article. There is an
immense amount of handwork in each pyramid and the constantly
diminishing number of skilled workers who make these pyramids is a
portent that in the years ahead there will be a steadily decreasing
supply. Thus, every pyramid is a special treasure and an heirloom to
be enjoyed in the future.
People who have pyramids have a special joy in using them in the Christmas season.
Some of them are grand and spectacular. Some have many platforms
containing many, many different figures. These pyramids were often
five to ten feet high. Today, they are usually 8” to 30” inches tall
and the most frequent motif on the platforms is the nativity scene,
where one can find Mary, Joseph and the infant usually in the most
prominent part of the pyramid. As it rotates, there are usually shepherd
following the Holy Family. Another platform may contain the Kings
bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. At the top of
the pyramids one can often find trumpeters announcing the good news of
the birth of the Christ Child with their fanfares.
Pyramids also are made with other scenes than the nativity scene.
Popular motifs are fairy tales, Santa Claus, forest workers, hunters
and other figures native to the culture of the area. One figure that
is frequently found on a pyramid is special to the Erzgebirge and is
called “Stuelpner Karl” and represents a kind of Robin Hood of the
area. He is a legendary figure who stole and poached, but of course,
traditionally, the spoils were always given to the needy.