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Belt (Yeemy Mambolmashet)

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

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


19th century


Kasai region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

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.


On View, Gallery 137


Arts of Africa




Belt (Yeemy Mambolmashet)


Democratic Republic of the Congo (Object made in)

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Jute, raffia, cowrie shells, and beads


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

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Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

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