Corpus (Crucified Christ)

Corpus (Crucified Christ)

late 1800s-early 1900s

Brass

Overall: 16.5 x 12.5 x 2.5 cm (6 1/2 x 4 15/16 x 1 in.)

René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.445

Fun Fact

This figure combines Kongo artists’ attention to symmetry with the Western depiction of Christ, lifeless on the cross.

Description

One of two Christian-inspired objects in the Delenne collection identifying the far-reaching networks of trade, diplomacy, religion, and cross-cultural exchange. Kongo Christian symbols were created as spiritual tools to help explain and alleviate the turbulent situation between Central African religion and Catholicism. This figurine is geometric in style, combining both Christian ideals and preexisting Kongo artistic practices. Its pierced hands and feet link him to crucifixion images.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Brass

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