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Seated Man

Photo: Paul Macapia

Seated Man

Hand on his chin, this figure is a reminder of the countless men who sat through public meetings in the Kongo kingdom. Participants were seated in circles for open debates, a process that was watched and admired by observers as a demonstration of social art and organizational skill. At times up to a thousand individuals would convene to listen to exchanges of confessions, proverbs, songs and gifts.
5 x 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (12.7 x 6.4 x 7 cm)
Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection
Photo: Paul Macapia
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySan Francisco, California, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, Kongo Power Figures, November 15, 1989 - January 21, 1990

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum. "Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back," February 7, 2002-April 30, 2006 (2/7 - 4/30/2006)
Published ReferencesMcClusky, Pamela, Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke A Back, Seattle Art Museum, 2002, pg. 159

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.