A material used by sculptors since Antiquity, wax has several advantages: it is malleable, economical and it does not require sophisticated instruments. It also offers characteristics that are closer to flesh by its color, transparency and a certain luminosity that perfectly matches the appearance of the Baby Jesus. The making of wax Jesus dolls dates as far back as the devotion shown to Jesus the infant. It was the work of several religious congregations in France and was established in Quebec with the Ursulines.
For practicing Catholics, the installation of the nativity scene at the foot of the Christmas tree is customary as the holiday season approaches. It is therefore a great opportunity to present a brief history of this tradition.
The exhibition shows a typological diversity of Jesus made of wax by different religious congregations. This collection was part of a vast one owned by Mrs. Lina Côté, a resident of the Coaticook area.