Liturgical artist and good friend, George Hoelzeman reposted an image from Facebook that really stood out. A search of 17th and 18th century pulpits in Poland and another from Austria, reveal some artists who got pretty creative appealing to popular culture. These amazing pulpits start telling the story long before the minister mounts the steps.
Baroque pulpit ca.1750. Rebuilt in 1856. Parish church in Dobroszów, a village in the administrative district of Gmina Przeworno, within Strzelin County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland.
Duszniki-Zdroj, Church of Saints Peter and Paul pulpit is in shape of a whale, a reference to the Old Testament Jonah story.
Traunkirchen, Austria, Fischerkanzel (Fisherman's Pulpit). The pulpit looks like St. Peter's boat and fishing net from John 21. The resurrected Jesus tells Peter to cast his net one more time and the boat is overwhelmed with fish.
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