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Pendant Belt (Nkody Mupaap)

A work made of jute, raffia, cowrie shells, and beads.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of jute, raffia, cowrie shells, and beads.


19th century


Kasai region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

Since the inception of the Kuba Kingdom in the 16th century, individuals have signaled court rank and status with their elaborate dress. Glass beads imported from Europe and cowrie shells from the Indian Ocean have been used in the production of such accoutrements since the 18th century. Exclusively owned by men, bead- and shell-covered belts and pendants like this pre-1910 examples are still worn in combination with voluminous textile skirt-wrappers by both Kuba royalty and Kuba masqueraders. [See also 1997.460]


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Pendant Belt (Nkody Mupaap)


Democratic Republic of the Congo (Object made in)

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Jute, raffia, cowrie shells, and beads


165.1 × 14 × 2.5 cm (65 × 5 1/2 × 1 in.)

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Gift of Richard J. Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

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