Untitled Image (Ceremonial Procession)

Description

This small procession in the Kwanza North region shows several people carrying various material objects, including a bow and arrow, a small chest containing sacred objects, and a mortar and pestle. There is also a musician playing the marimba/balafon. Antonio Cavazzi (b. 1621) was an Italian priest who from 1654 to 1667 joined the Capuchin mission in what is today northern Angola; after a visit to Europe, he returned to the Kingdom of Kongo, where he remained from 1672 to 1677. He died in Genoa in 1678. Cavazzi made this and other watercolors, the originals of which are in his manuscript, held in a private collection in Modena, Italy (see also Cavazzi for other images on this website). Bassani reproduces the full set of 33 watercolors of which only 8 are reproduced on this website. Cavazzi's drawings must be among the earliest known eyewitness sketches of African life by a European; they can be contrasted to, for example, the fanciful depictions found in Dapper or by the De Bry brothers (see, Dapper and De Bry on this website. Thanks to Joseph Miller for his assistance in interpreting this image.

Source

Ezio Bassani, ed., Un Cappuccino nell'Africa nera del seicento: I disegni dei Manoscritti Araldi del Padre Giovanni Antonio Cavazzi da Montecuccolo [A Capuchin in Black Africa in the Seventeenth Century: Drawings of the Araldi Manuscript of Father Giovanni Antonio Cavazzi da Montecuccolo] (Milan: Quaderni Poro, no. 4, 1987), plate 23.

Creator

Cavazzi, Antonio

Language

Italian

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

Bassani-23

Spatial Coverage

Africa--West Central North

Citation

"Untitled Image (Ceremonial Procession)", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed February 2, 2023, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2283
This small procession in the Kwanza North region shows several people carrying various material objects, including a bow and arrow, a small chest containing sacred objects, and a mortar and pestle. There is also a musician playing the marimba/balafon. Antonio Cavazzi (b. 1621) was an Italian priest who from 1654 to 1667 joined the Capuchin mission in what is today northern Angola; after a visit to Europe, he returned to the Kingdom of Kongo, where he remained from 1672 to 1677. He died in Genoa in 1678. Cavazzi made this and other watercolors, the originals of which are in his manuscript, held in a private collection in Modena, Italy (see also Cavazzi for other images on this website). Bassani reproduces the full set of 33 watercolors of which only 8 are reproduced on this website. Cavazzi's drawings must be among the earliest known eyewitness sketches of African life by a European; they can be contrasted to, for example, the fanciful depictions found in Dapper or by the De Bry brothers (see, Dapper and De Bry on this website. Thanks to Joseph Miller for his assistance in interpreting this image.
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