Belt (Yeemy Mambolmashet)

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

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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

In the hierarchical Kuba kingdom, ostentatious displays of wealth and status are requisite on ceremonial occasions. Men and women of rank wear long, wide belts like this one, which are wrapped around the waist and tied at the front in a thick knot. Belts and other beaded regalia are made by men who specialize in the art. Beads and shells are sewn onto a woven raffia foundation in a variety of geometric patterns. The interlaced pattern on this belt, called imbol, is a favorite of the Kuba.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Kuba

Title

Belt (Yeemy Mambolmashet)

Origin

Democratic Republic of Congo

Date

1801–1900

Medium

Jute, raffia fiber, cowrie shells, and beads

Dimensions

223.5 × 13.3 × 1.3 cm (88 1/4 × 5 1/4 × 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

1997.699

Extended information about this artwork

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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