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Five beaded adornments

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. This belt or hip adornment was...

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

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Gift of Jean and John Stanbury

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


Overall: 97 cm (38 3/16 in.)

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Africa and Oceania


Jewelry / Adornment