The name "Santon" comes from the provencal "santoun" translate " small saints ". The small cross on Marie's figure is the one of the order of Malta. her 8 points represent 8 regions faithful to this Order.
This series includes 10 characters. The name for every Santon is defined well. NESTLE is engraved behind every base. Note that it is good a wooden bundle of sticks which holds the old woman and not a vase or an urn as many people believed it.
Homme aux poules
Le gitan
Femme à la brousse
Le tambourinaire
Pass on the figures
Le berger
Femme au fagot
Berger prieur