“The man (John) is pouring water from the conch shell to anoint Jesus for a special task. The use of anointing shells originally came from Hinduism but is now used for special ceremonies in Thailand and surrounding countries. Jesus shows his willingness to identify with this tradition by raising his hands in a wai position indicating surrender.”
Drawing by Sawai Chinnawong who employs northern and central Thailand’s popular distinctive artistic style originally used to depict Buddhist moral principles and other religious themes; explanation by Paul DeNeui. From That Man Who Came to Save Us by Sawai Chinnawong and Paul H. DeNeui, William Carey Library, 2010.
For more images by Sawai Chinnatong in TIPs see here.