Metalworking, Matamba (Angola), mid 17th century

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This record was last updated on 03 Jul 2017

Image Reference

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

An Italian artist’s rendering of Giovanni Cavazzi’s depiction of various phases of metalworking, including use of bellows in the kingdom of Matamba. 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 the Kingdom of Kongo, where he remained from 1672 to 1677. He died in Genoa in 1678. His original manuscript is held in a private collection in Modena, Italy; a microfilm copy of the manuscript is in the Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library. See modern Portuguese translation with notes, edited by Graciano Maria de Leguzzano (Descrição Histórica [Lisbon, 1965]); also drawings in "Bassani" on this website Thanks to Joseph Miller for his assistance in interpreting this image.