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Crucifix (Nkangi Kiditu)

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Kongo
MEDIUM Copper alloy
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS
DATES early 17th century
DIMENSIONS 13 1/2 x 6 x 1 in. (34.3 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Verso: "Crucifix fabriqué au 16e siècle par les noirs du royaume de San Salvador (Bas-Congo et Congo Portugais) lors de leur évangélisation surtout par les Capucins portugais.”
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2011.74
CREDIT LINE Gift of Jean C. and Raymond E. Britt Jr. Collection, by exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Kongo. Crucifix (Nkangi Kiditu), early 17th century. Copper alloy, 13 1/2 x 6 x 1 in. (34.3 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jean C. and Raymond E. Britt Jr. Collection, by exchange , 2011.74. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2011.74_edited_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2011.74_edited_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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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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