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The Kongo kingdom encountered by the Portuguese in the early 1480s was an extensive, well-organized state encompassing a diversity of affiliated peoples. The Kingdom exchanged emissaries with the Portuguese court. The elite converted to Christianity and maintained a trading partnership with...

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Paul Tishman (b. 1900 - d. 1996), New York. March 11, 1987, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York (stock no. 51-8907), to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1991, year-end gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Kongo peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 19th century or earlier


35.56 cm (14 in.)

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Africa and Oceania