Pendant Belt (Nkody Mupaap)

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

Date:

19th century

Artist:

Kuba
Kasai region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

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 1997.460].

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Kuba

Title

Pendant Belt (Nkody Mupaap)

Origin

Democratic Republic of Congo

Date

1801–1900

Medium

Jute, raffia fiber, cowrie shells, and beads

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Richard J. Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

1997.461

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Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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