Art/ Collection/ Art Object


18th–19th century
Democratic Republic of the Congo; Angola; Republic of the Congo
Kongo peoples; Kongo Kingdom
H. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm), W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm), D. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernst Anspach, 1999
Accession Number:
Not on view
Kongo artists carefully studied European devotional artifacts and stylized certain features in their own interpretations. In this figure, cast to be attached to a wooden cross, the length of the arms has been given dramatic emphasis and attention has been devoted to the head and wrapper. Deeply incised parallel lines define the beard, moustache, and braided hair.
[Pierre Loos, Brussels, Belgium]; [Michael Oliver, New York, until 1987]; Ernst Anspach, New York, 1987–99

LaGamma, Alisa. Kongo: Power and Majesty. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015, p. 101, Fig. 60.

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