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A santon is a small figurine cast in terracotta or a similar material that is used for building nativity scenes. Santons are a traditional product of the Provence region of southeastern France.

The word "santon" comes from the Provençal "santoun," or "little saint." They became popular during the French Revolution, when the churches were closed and the larger, traditional nativity scenes in churches prohibited. Smaller figurines began appearing in homes, and quickly gained popularity.

One of the more famous santonniers (artisans who make santons) in Aix-en-Provence was Jean Baptiste Fouque, who founded the Maison Fouque.[1] He also began an annual fair in Aix for santonniers to display their wares.


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