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The mode of dress for Kuba kings and titleholders is especially important. The degree of the costume's opulence is directly related to the power of its wearer. This importance extents beyond aesthetics as parts of the costume relate specifically to the wearer's title and role within the...

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Provenance

1980s, acquired in Cambridge, MA by Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Kuba peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dimensions

Overall: 11 x 21 cm (4 5/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2734

Medium or Technique

Fiber, feathers, shells

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Costumes