Leon de Sousberghe photographs,
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Multiple languages
Physical Description:
212 slides (photographs)
1 map
black & white
50 x 70 cm.
1 map
40 x 53 cm.
Photographs taken among the Pende peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the years 1955-1957. Publications used for identifying and describing the collection photographs include
L'Art Pende
(Bruxelles: Académie royale de Belgique, 1958) and
Les danses rituelles Mungonge et Kelas des Bapende
(Academie royale des sciences coloniales, 1956), both by Léon de Sousberghe;
Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende
by Z.S. Strother (The University of Chicago Press, 1998); and, from
Secrecy: African Art that Conceals and Reveals
Mary H. Nooter, ed. (New York: Museum for African Art, 1993), Z.S. Strother's article,
The Physical and Social Boundaries of Secrecy: Eastern Pende Constuctions of Secrecy,
pp. 157-178.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Images indexed by negative number.
organized in slide filing cabinet;arranged numerically by image number.


Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Conditions Governing Use note
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Leon de Sousberghe, 1999.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Pende (African people) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Congo (Democratic Republic) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 708
Washington, DC 20013-7012