Mangbetu Royal Art and Herbert Lang, 1902-1906

by Enid Schildkrout
Museum for African Art (formerly American Museum of Natural History)

Mural painting, Bafuka's village, Democratic Republic of Congo, 1913. Photo by Herbert Lang. 

Mural painting on the outside of houses generally consisted on non-representational geometric patterns. In the early part of this century artists began to depict changes taking place with the coming of Europeans. This mural emphasizes the importation of guns, a man saluting to an authority figure, and possibly the taking of captives.