#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