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The Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 43 (2008)

"The Recently Acquired Kongo Magaaka Power Figure"

LaGamma, Alisa
11 pages
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Alisa LaGamma

Alisa LaGamma, Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Curator in Charge of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, has been a curator at the Museum since 1996. In 2012, the Bard Graduate Center recognized her contribution to rethinking the history of sub-Saharan African art and culture with its Iris Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Her 1995 Columbia University dissertation "The Art of the Punu Mukudj Masquerade: Portrait of an Equatorial Society" was based on a year of fieldwork in southern Gabon. Her exhibitions over the last two decades have addressed individual authorship, divination, genesis, duality, reliquaries, textile design, contemporary art, and portraiture.

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Mangaaka Power Figure (Nkisi N’Kondi), Kongo artist and nganga, Yombe group, Wood, iron, resin, ceramic, plant fiber, textile, pigment, Kongo
Kongo artist and nganga, Yombe group
Second half of the 19th century
Crucifix, Kongo artist, Solid cast brass, Kongo
Kongo artist
16th–17th century
Male Power Figure (Nkisi), Kongo artist and nganga, Wood, pigment, nails, cloth, beads, shells, arrows, leather, nuts, twine, Kongo
Kongo artist and nganga
late19th–mid-20th century

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