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Photograph - Figure Studded with Nails, called "Konde".  Cabinda region
  • Figure Studded with Nails, called "Konde". Cabinda region
    Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975
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Figure Studded with Nails, called "Konde". Cabinda region

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    New York (photographed)

  • Date:

    1935 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photograph

  • Museum number:

    2369-1936

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 202, box VIII

Physical description

Photograph of a wooden figure studded with nails across the chest, torso and arms

Place of Origin

New York (photographed)

Date

1935 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Photograph

Marks and inscriptions

X.202 / NEW YORK: Museum of Modern Art. / Exhibition of African Negro Art, 1935. / [Photo. No. 376]
Label on mount

376 Figure stuck with nails (Catalog no. 436) / Belgian Congo, religion of Cabinda / Wood, 42 inches high / Collection of the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Label on mount

Dimensions

Height: 42 in Height of figure

Object history note

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, commissioned Walker Evans to photograph its African Negro Art exhibition of 1935. He produced 477 images and 17 sets of these images were printed, one of which the V&A bought for $50.
Displayed in "V and A Africa: Exploring Hidden Histories"
15th November 2012- 3rd February 2013

Descriptive line

Photograph by Walker Evans depicting a carved wooden figure stuck with nails, called 'Konde', from the Cabinda region of the former Portuguese Congo (an exclave of modern day Angola), in an exhibition entitled 'African Negro Art' at the Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1935

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

African Negro Art New York: Museum of Modern Art, c. 1935. 58p., [82]p of plates.
AFRICAN NEGRO ART

Photographs by Walker Evans

List of Photographs

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935

[NB: The term ‘negro’ was used historically to describe people of black (sub-Saharan) African heritage but, since the 1960s, has fallen from usage and, increasingly, is considered offensive. The term is repeated here in its original historical context.]
African Negro Art Edited by James Johnson Sweeney, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935

[NB: The term ‘negro’ was used historically to describe people of black (sub-Saharan) African heritage but, since the 1960s, has fallen from usage and, increasingly, is considered offensive. The term is repeated here in its original historical context.]

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Pain; Figures; Punishment; Sculpture; Nails; Torture

Categories

Africa; Photographs

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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