Annunication to Mary by Sawai Chinnawong, Thailand
Of all the religious figures I have seen Jesus pictured alongside, one of the rarest is Confucius. This picture is of Jesus and Confucius commiserating over the Boxer Rebellion.
Well here is an curious mix of traditions. I am not sure who the artist is but I believe the work is entitled “St Michael the archangel as a samurai.” Now, I would have thought if you were going to invoke samurai motifs a more asian looking dragon would not have gone astray. Except that Japanese dragons, like Chinese dragons, have somewhat different spiritual connotations to European dragons. So, well, I give up.
This mosaic of Mary and Jesus originates from a church in Thailand. Unfortunately, as I found it on Flickr with no further information, that’s as much as I can tell you.
I have not been able to find who painted this Asian Christian image of David and Saul, but it relates to the conflict between them in 1 Samuel 18.
This painting of the nativity in the Japanese sumi-e style is by Karine, a young engineer in BioInformatics living in the south of France. It is entitled, “Il est ne le divin enfant” or “He was born the holy child” after a French Christmas song.
This image, from an unknown Chinese artist, depicts Joseph and the heavily pregnant Mary arriving at Bethlehem, looking for some overnight accomodation but not having much luck.
I find myself reflecting, with the party season upon us, how many in the world struggle with hunger and homelessness, and how the Messiah come to identify with them first.
Like this? I found this Chinese Christian Nativity scene via Adam Williams. I have no idea who the artist is unfortunately. It’s an interesting blend of Eastern and Western styles.