Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Maori Baptismal Font
Maori-carved baptismal font in an Anglican Church in New Zealand. Although it was created for a western-style church, the meaning of the carvings is an interesting attempt to use Maori spiritual motifs for a Christian context. I'm not sure if it is a successful example of contextualized art or not. I'd be inclined to say not, because it wasn't created for a Maori Christian context and seams to be more syncretistic than contextualized. But it looks really cool, and I think it was a noble attempt. Take a look and let me know what you think!