Nativity by Elimo Njau

Elimo Njau (born Tanzania, active Kenya, 1932-), “The Nativity,” 1959. Fresco (1 of 5), 12 x 15 ft. St. James’ Anglican Cathedral, Kiharu, Murang’a, Kenya. Painted during the “Kenya Emergency,” an eight-year military conflict. Source: “The first mural depicts the nativity scene, set within lush, local-looking hills dotted with traditional Kikuyu villages, while settler homes and a British detention camp dominate a distant hillside. Strikingly, especially for this time period, Jesus is painted as an African babe wrapped in swaddling cloths of vibrant orange, and worshiped by ebony-skinned parents alongside goats and sheep within a typical thatched Kikuyu home.”

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