The evolving image of the European in African art from antiquity until the 19th century: from Roman captives in Kush, to Portuguese traders in Benin, to Belgian colonialists in Congo.

The evolving image of the European in African art from antiquity until the 19th century: from Roman captives in Kush, to Portuguese traders in Benin, to Belgian colonialists in Congo.

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  1. u/haplordontwitter writes a detailed article explaining how Africans’ opinion of the ‘other’, in this case being Europeans, came to change over the ages. From a victor’s point of view in Northern Africa with the Kushites against the Romans, as the West African trade partners of the Portuguese in the Kingdom of Benin, as well as the difficulty the Kongolese had and the disarray their empire was thrown into when for the first time in their history, their opinion of the other was imposed on them, as they were being subjugated by the Portuguese.

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