17th c African (Central) Kongo Sculpture
KONGO PEOPLES Anonymous (aka Bakongo Anonymous)
(active 13th c - present)
Rome. Vatican Museums.
The Kongo Kingdom was founded between 1350 and 1400. It was at its height in 1484 when the Portuguese came and converted the king to Christianity. The Christian kingdom collapsed at the end of the 18th century but Christian subjects remained power symbols.
KONGO PEOPLES Anonymous | Crucifix. | c. 1600-1699 | African | Kongo