Royal Kuba Belt Ornament
DR Congo

20th century

Woven raphia, trade cloth, glass beads, cowrie shells
Size: 23 1/2" x 6 1/4" (60 x 16 cm)

Provenance available

This rare shaped emblem, which was displayed hanging from a belt, was part of the elaborate ceremonial regalia worn by the Kuba king or regent. There are different types of mbween, which are usually made of animal skins. The beaded patterns, executed in blue, black and white trade beads, in the manner of designs seen on men's status cloths, are especially dynamic. Both cowries and beads were the prerogative of the royal family.

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Andres Moraga

Andres Moraga :: Kuba Ornament