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Woman's ceremonial skirt (ntchak)

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Central panel of brown-dyed raffia cloth patterned with drawn-thread openwork embroidery. Rare design type consisting of large squares alternating with positive and negative renderings of the same pattern achieved by varying the spacing of the openwork embroidery. Skirt is bordered on three...

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David Lanz; purchased by the MFA, 24 May 1995

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund

African (Kuba Kingdom, Bushoong subgroup), First half 20th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of Congo


68.7 x 151 cm (27 1/16 x 59 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Raffia plain weave, embroidered with pulled and drawn work


Textiles and Fashion Arts