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Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Kongo kingdom, a vast, centralized African state located on the Atlantic coast south of the equator, flourished from 1450 till 1700. Christianity was adopted as a state religion at the end of the 15th century. For the next two centuries, Portuguese missionaries introduced the culture to crucifixes, devotional objects, and figures of saints, which were copied by Kongo artists. Incorporated into local religious practices that combined the two traditions, objects like this small crucifix were potent aids to both piety and ritual.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: November 21, 2009