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Crucifix (Nkangi Kiditu)

Catalogue Description:
Copper-alloy cast crucifix, with two kneeling figures resting on bar above hands, with a third projecting below the central figure's feet. Cross is bound by a raised continuous band of "X"-hatched striations. Small casting flaws in lower portion, below third kneeling figure. Likely local repair, in the form of additional welded copper-alloy, has been affixed to verso behind lower kneeling figure. Former typed label on verso reads: "Crucifix fabriqué au 16e siècle par les noirs royaume de San Salvador (Bas-Congo et Congo Portugais) lors de leur évangélisation surtout par les Capucins portugais.” Condition: fair.


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