About this artwork
In the Kuba Kingdom, ceremonial occasions require ostentatious displays of wealth and status through dress and other attributes. Specialized male artists excel in the making of beaded regalia like the belt displayed here. They sew both beads and shells onto a woven raffia foundation to create geometric designs. The interlaced pattern on this belt, called imbol, is a favorite Kuba motif that can also be seen on the raffia skirts worn with such beaded ornaments.
- Belt (Yeemy Mambolmashet)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Jute, raffia, cowrie shells, and beads
- 223.5 × 13.3 × 1.3 cm (88 1/4 × 5 1/4 × 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection