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Art of ConversionChristian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo$
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Cécile Fromont

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618715

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618739.001.0001

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From Catholic Kingdom to the Heart of Darkness

From Catholic Kingdom to the Heart of Darkness

The Fate of Kongo Christianity in the Nineteenth Century

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Art of Conversion

CéCile Fromont

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the Kongo in the 19th century. The architecture, devotional paraphernalia, political regalia, and rituals that central African artists had created since the late 15th century continued to play an influential role in the cultural and religious development of central Africa in the 1800s. Artistic, religious, and social remnants of Kongo Christianity endured throughout the period. Symbolic objects of central Africa, such as nail figures or carved ivory tusks, owe aspects of their form and significance to the Kongo Christian era.

Keywords:   Kongo, central African artists, central Africa, Kongo Christianity, nail figures, carved ivory tusks, Kongo Christian era

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