Nzingha, Warrior Queen
Print Size: 18.5"in x 12.5"in
A brilliant military strategist, charismatic leader and true warrior queen, Nzingha, 1583 – 1663 A.D. ruled Ndongo, currently called Angola, in Southwest Africa. As daughter of the King, Nzingha was raised with knowledge of politics and war and at a young age was sent to negotiate with the Portuguese over the growing problem of slave trade. After her father died and her brother proved incompetent as King, Nzingha assumed leadership of her people spending most of her days fighting and negotiating with the Portuguese over the slave trade. One of Nzingha’s greatest accomplishments was in 1624 when she declared all her territory to be forever free, resulting in many Portuguese slaves escaping to her lands, strengthening her army in the process. Finally, at the age of 75, she sighed a peace treaty with the Portuguese and spent her remaining years patching together her war-torn country.
This is part of my Warrior Women Series, all of which was painted from live nude models at the county art center. I created clothing and settings based on my research with the purpose of bringing these strong, heroic and significant women to life for us to remember and appreciate.
- Roxana Sinex Art
Warrior Women Series
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