Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba, possibly early 20th century
cord, leather, glass beads, shells, Overall: l. 139.50 cm (54 7/8 inches). John L. Severance Fund 1994.87
Belts are one of the many accessories that accompany a wrapper. The most spectacular of the different types of belts is the one called yet, which can only be worn by male and female members of the royal family. The king himself displays it on the day following his actual installation. In the past, the Kuba king commissioned his wardrobe from a specialized guild of tailors.
Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; April 30 - June 7, 1998. "Object in Focus: African Beaded Belt."
Main Gallery Rotation (gallery 108): May 11, 2010 - October 20, 2014.