Capuchin Missionary Traveling with his Entourage, Sogno, Kingdom of Kongo, 1740s


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Source
Paola Collo and Silvia Benso (eds.), Sogno: Bamba, Pemba, Ovando e altre contrade dei regni di Congo, Angola e adjacenti (Milan: published privately by Franco Maria Ricci, 1986), p. 79.

Comments
Missionary is carried on a litter by two Africans, six others carry provisions and other goods, and two cross-bearers are in advance of the rest. Caption notes that the party is carrying materials necessary to celebrate mass, e.g., altar, candles as well as provisions, a large umbrella for protection against the sun, and a sleeping blanket; the two men in the lead are interpreters. This source in Italian is a modern printing of a 1747 manuscript (located in the Biblioteca Civica of Turin) which describes Capuchin expeditions to the Kingdom of Kongo. The watercolor paintings record moments in the daily lives of missionaries Bernardino Ignazio and Gaspare da Bassano, who were resident in Sogno from 1743-1747. Sogno (Sonyo in English) was a province of the kingdom. The illustrations and accompanying manuscript were done by Ignazio. (Thanks to James Sweet for assistance in interpreting the source.)