Today's Hours: 10AM – 5PM

  • Tickets
  • Directions
  • Exhibitions
  • Calendar
  • Visitor Info
  • Contact Us
  • SEARCH THE HIGHLIGHTS
    Advanced Search
     
    Back to Collection
    View Larger

    Artist Name:

    Kongo Artist, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Title:

    Cross

    Date:

    mid 17th-mid 18th century

    Medium:

    Bronze

    Dimensions:

    7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift in memory of Lew C. Deadmore

    Accession Number:

    2005.319

    On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 102, African Collection
    At the end of the fifteenth century, Christianity was introduced to the Kingdom of the Kongo, along the coast of central Africa. This influenced religious and artistic practices. Kongo artists created crosses and other objects of worship, combining their Kongolese and Christian iconography. Here, Christ’s face is given African features. Crosses were not only used in Christian liturgy but also served additional diverse functions, in healing, in divination, as symbols of social status and political authority, and as hunting charms.



    Reproduction of digital images, including downloading, is governed by copyright laws and international conventions. Please contact the Images and Rights Coordinator for information concerning permissions or to request digital photography of works in the High's collection.

    Please Note: Not all permanent collection works are currently on view. Please contact the Museum concerning the on view status for a specific work if required.