Metalworking, Kingdom of Kongo, late 17th cent.


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Image Reference
B022

Source
Giovanni Antonio Cavazzi, Istorica Descrizione de' Tre Regni Congo, Matamba, et Angola (Milan, 1690). (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Comments
Depicts various phases of metalworking, including use of bellows. See also modern reprint of Cavazzi, in Portuguese with notes, edited by Graciano Maria de Leguzzano (Descricao Historica...., Lisbon, 1965). Cavazzi (b. 1621) was an Italian priest who from 1654 to 1667 joined the Capuchin mission in what is today northern Angola, and after a visit to Europe returned to Angola, particularly the Kingdom of Kongo, where he remained from 1672 to 1677. He died in Genoa in 1678. See also modern reprint of Cavazzi, in Portuguese with notes, edited by Graciano Maria de Leguzzano (Descricao Historica [Lisbon, 1965]); also drawings in "Bassani" on this website.