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Art/ Collection/ Art Object


18th–19th century
Democratic Republic of the Congo; Angola; Republic of the Congo
Kongo peoples; Kongo Kingdom
Open-back cast brass
H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm), W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm), D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernst Anspach, 1999
Accession Number:
Not on view
This representation of Christ powerfully distills certain features to endow the figure with a highly expressive character. Both the arms that extend outward at the summit and the legs that are joined at the base terminate in flattened star-like appendages. At the center of the composition, dramatic emphasis is given to the ribs and navel, while the garment is defined schematically as a flattened knot and a rectangular drape filled with an “x.”
[Pierre Loos, Brussels, until 1986]; Ernst Anspach, New York, 1986–99

LaGamma, Alisa. "New Acquisitions: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York." African Arts vol. 34, no. 2 (2001), pp. 72–77.

Thornton, John K. "Origin Traditions and History in Central Africa." African Arts vol. 37, no. 1 (2004), pp. 32–37.

LaGamma, Alisa. Kongo: Power and Majesty. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015, p. 27, fIg. 7.

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