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Chief's loincloth (nogi)

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Mangbetu chief's bark cloth loincloth made of Ficus roko or Urostigma Kotschyana bark; 5 panels of ecru and brown (mud-dyed) cloth stitched together into square panel.


Collected by the Dominican Fathers, Ghent, Belgium, 1930-1950; Purchased by European dealer, about 2003; With Andres Moraga Textile Art by 2004; Purchased by the MFA, November 17, 2004

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Jeremy and Hanne Grantham

African (Mangbetu peoples), first half 20th century

Object Place

Republic of Congo


Overall: 112.4 x 117.5 cm (44 1/4 x 46 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bark cloth, mud-dyed and stitched with raffia


Textiles and Fashion Arts