Democratic Republic of the Congo; Republic of the Congo; Angola
Kongo peoples; Kongo Kingdom
Solid cast brass with holes for nailing
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm), W. 4 1/2 in. (1.9 cm), D. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Gift of Ernst Anspach, 1999
Not on view
Kongo artists cast figures of Christ to be mounted on crucifixes, placed on altars, hung on walls, or positioned at the summit of staffs. The author of this example retained the naturalism of the Portuguese prototypes upon which it likely was modeled.
[Pierre Loos, Brussels]; [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. 102, Fig. 61.