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: http://civa.org/civablog/bursting-wineskins-african-christianity-and-african-christian-art/. “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.” http://www.archives.gov/research/african-art/select-list-147.html

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