Capuchin Missionary Entering Village, Sogno, Kingdom of Kongo, 1740s

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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. 145.

Shows missionary, Bernardino Ignazio, with large crowd of Africans and "prince of Sonho" bowing in front of him. Caption notes that image depicts the "prince of Sonho" bowing in front of Ignazio in repentance for having mistreated another Capuchin missionary, Gaspare da Bassano, who preceded him in the area. Ignazio was greeted with honors and he revoked the excommunication of the prince. 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.)