celebrating mass in Sogno, Kingdom of Kongo, in the 1740s.
|From 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. 115.
vestments conducting mass at altar in forest clearing; several alter boys and
local chief or village head ("sova") kneeling in worship in front
of alter. 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