Kongo: Power and Majesty exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

#KongoPower exhibit in Gallery 199 runs from September 18, 2015-January 3, 2016 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Central Africa’s Kongo civilization is responsible for one of the world’s greatest artistic traditions. This international loan exhibition explores the region’s history and cultural traditions through 146 of the most inspired creations of Kongo masters from the late fifteenth through the early twentieth century.

 

A Map of the Kingdom of Congo, after a Drawing by Filippo Pigafetta (Italian, ca. 1533–1604) and Duarte Lopes (Portuguese, active late 16th century) Engraving from Pigafetta and Lopes, Regnum Congo, hoc est, Vera descriptio regni Africani (Frankfurt) | Artist: Fillipo Pigafetta | Date: 1598 | Credit Line: Scheide Library, Princeton University Library

 

 

Dom Miguel de Castro, Emissary of Soyo | Artist: Attributed to Jaspar Beckx (Dutch, active 1627–47) | Date: ca. 1640–1647 | Credit Line: Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

 

 

Ancestral Shrine Figure:Seated Female | Date: 19th–early 20th century | Credit Line: Museum Rietberg, Zürich; Gift of Eduard von der Heydt

 

 

Figure: Seated Female Nursing Child | Date: 19th–early 20th century, inventoried 1924 | Credit Line: Private collection

 

 

Figure: Seated Male | Date: 19th–early 20th century | Credit Line: Private Collection

 

 

Power Figure (Nkisi N’Kondi: Kozo) | Date: 19th century, inventoried 1898 | Credit Line: Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

 

 

Source: Kongo: Power and Majesty | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

 

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Image source: Power Figure (Nkisi N’Kondi: Kozo) | Date: 19th century, inventoried 1898 | Credit Line: Manchester Museum, University of Manchester | Kongo: Power and Majesty | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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