Hector Hyppolite: The Congo Queen





The Congo Queen, 1946, enamel, oil and pencil on cardboard. 

Hector Hyppolite, 1894-1948, Haitian, MOMA, NY.  


The Black Madonna of Częstochowa, brought to Haiti in the early 19th century by Polish soldiers is one of the main sources of this syncretic image. 

The image, the musuem says, became associated with Erzulie Dantor, protector of women and children in Haitian lore and senior spirit of a strand of Haitian voodoo.