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Beaded Adornment

Beads are symbols of status among the Kuba peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and are associated with wealth and social, political, and spiritual authority. Beaded objects are worn in ceremonial and funerary contexts by title-holding individuals. Possibly a necklace, this...

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About 1970, acquired in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) by Jean and John Stanbury; 2010, gift of Jean and John Stanbury to the MFA. (Accession date: April 14, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Jean and John Stanbury

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, mid 20th century


Overall: 49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number



Africa and Oceania


Jewelry / Adornment