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Kongo (N° 22113)

Artists from the Kingdom of Kongo – a vast swath of central Africa that today encompasses the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola – were responsible for outstanding creative achievements. With the influx of Portuguese, Dutch, and Italian merchants, missionaries, and explorers, Kongo developed a unique artistic tradition that blended European iconography with powerful indigenous art forms. An initially positive engagement with Europe in the 15th century became turbulent following subsequent displacements, civil war and the slave trade – and many works of art created in Kongo reflect the changing times. This in-depth study is the first major catalog to explore the history, art forms and cultural identity of Kongo before, during and after contact with Europe. Objects range from 15th-century mother and child figures, which reflect a time when Europeans and their Christian motifs were viewed favorably, to fearsome mangaaka, figures of power who imparted strength amidst dissolution of the Kingdom. Richly illustrated with new photographs and multiple views of three-dimensional works, this book showcases the fascinating and complex artistic legacy of one of Africa's most historically rich kingdoms.

Author: Alisa Lagamma
Publisher: Yale University Press
Condition: NEW
Language: English
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 285 x 230mm
ISBN: 978-1588395757

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