Belt

Belt

possibly early 1900s

Cord, leather, glass beads, shells

Overall: 139.5 cm (54 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1994.87

Fun Fact

Cowry shells, a type of currency used in the Kuba Kingdom in Central Africa, decorate this belt made for a king. The intricate patterns and colors of the beads indicate the high status of the wearer as well as the wealth of his kingdom.

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Garment

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