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.
- Belt (Yeemy Mambolmashet)
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Jute, raffia fiber, 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