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Bark loincloth (pongo)

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Abstract splatter design on a golden ground.


About 1930, collected by Mr. Buscahot of Belgium in the Congo; 1989 purchased by Tai Textile Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Pierre Loos, Brussels, Belgium; Purchased by MFA March 21, 2007

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Robert and Jane Burke, Suzanne W. and Alan J. Dworsky, Jeremy and Hanne Grantham, and funds from the Textile Curator's Fund and Textile Deaccession Fund

African (Mbuti peoples), 1930s

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Length and width: 31.8 x 83.8 cm (12 1/2 x 33 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Beaten bark with vegetal pigment


Textiles and Fashion Arts