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.

Date:

19th century

Artist:

Kuba
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.

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Artist

Kuba

Title

Belt (Yeemy Mambolmashet)

Origin

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

1801–1900

Medium

Jute, raffia, 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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