About this artwork
The art of expressing rank and status through elaborate dress has been part of Kuba courtly life since the kingdom’s inception. Such regalia was enhanced in the 18th century by the addition of glass beads and cowry shells brought from Angola. Richly embellished pendants and belts are worn over voluminous wrapped skirts by Kuba royalty and by masqueraders, whose costumes mimic royal dress. Only men wear pendants and pendant belts, from which the pendants hang. This and other finely worked examples were collected before 1910 [see 1997.461].
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- Arts of Africa
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Jute, raffia fiber, cowrie shells, and beads
- 54.6 × 14 × 2.5 cm (21 1/2 × 5 1/2 × 1 in.)
- Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection