An in-depth study for the regional peoples and cultures of Congo as it was.

Congo Belge

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SKU: NL-00731 Categories: ,
Cartographer(s): James Thiriar
Date: 1958
Place: Courtrai, Belgium
Dimensions: 50.8 x 54.6 cm (20 x 21.5 in)
Condition Rating: VG+
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This unique pictorial map of the Congo is the brilliant work of Belgian artist James Thiriar. Thiriar had been on several expeditions through western and central Africa documenting art and culture as he went.

During the 1950s, the Congo experienced an unprecedented level of urbanization and modernization, often at the expense of historically indigenous customs and art.

The map is an especially important document of regional dress throughout the Congo.


James Thiriar

James Thiriar (1889-1965) was a Belgian illustrator, painter, and costume designer from Brussels.

Condition Description

Originally a folding map found in the picture book "Faunaflor-Kongo," printed for the chocolate manufacturer Côte d'Or. Minor wear at old folds.


Rumsey 13296.000.