Pendant Belt (Nkody Mupaap)

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

Date:

19th century

Artist:

Kuba
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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Artist

Kuba

Title

Pendant Belt (Nkody Mupaap)

Origin

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

1801–1900

Medium

Jute, raffia, 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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