Central Africa







Detail, Crucifix, 16th-17th century, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Angola; Republic of the Congo, solid cast brass, 27.3 cm high (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
During its brief fling with Christianity, the Kongo kingdom merged western iconography with local aesthetics.

Crucifix (Kongo peoples)







Female (pwo) Mask
This mask was made and worn by men, but its purpose is to honor women who have bravely survived childbirth.

Female (pwo) Mask