Crosscurrents - Art of the Southeastern Congo

Crosscurrents - Art of the Southeastern Congo
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Article code08991
Crosscurrents - Art of the Southeastern Congo
80 pages
Color photos
Soft cover
25 x 20 cm
0,282 kg

Inspired by the Museum's three finest works of African sculpture, Crosscurrents explores the art of three neighboring peoples whose territories are located in the river systems of the southeastern Congo. The Luba, Songye, and Hemba peoples have a long history of contact, while maintaining differences in language, social and political systems, cultural memory, and artistic expression. The ancestral figures of the socially engaged art of the Hemba people share a similar elegance of form but are primarily male figures. Songye art is marked by a more geometrical style and an emphasis on spiritual power. The Museum's male and female prestige stools were first attributed to the hand of a Luba artist and are now identified as two of only fifteen such works known to have been produced by a Songye workshop near the intersection of Luba and Songye territories.