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Te Mata o Tāne-nui-ā-rangi carved by Lyonel Grant, Bernard Makoare and Manos Nathan 2011. The face of Tāne-nui-ā-rangi.

Te Mata o Tāne-nui-ā-rangi carved by Lyonel Grant, Bernard Makoare and Manos Nathan 2011. The face of Tāne-nui-ā-rangi.

Maori carving, an artist community in Marahoo by Mark Thomas on Flickr

Maori carving, an artist community in Marahoo by Mark Thomas on Flickr

This carving of the head of Christ is the center piece of the altar frontispiece in St. Joseph's Catholic church at Jerusalem on the Whanganui River in New Zealand.  Christ is represented in traditional Maori fashion with face tattoos (ta moko) and a crown of thorns. Paua (abalone) shell is used to decorate the carving.     The small village of Jerusalem has figured large in the post-European history of New Zealand.

This carving of the head of Christ is the center piece of the altar frontispiece in St. Joseph's Catholic church at Jerusalem on the Whanganui River in New Zealand. Christ is represented in traditional Maori fashion with face tattoos (ta moko) and a crown of thorns. Paua (abalone) shell is used to decorate the carving. The small village of Jerusalem has figured large in the post-European history of New Zealand.

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