This rare Kuba ceremonial beaded girdle was worn by a Kuba chief as a symbol of prestige, wealth and importance. The beaded belt is adorned with nine large attachments that serve as protective charms, composed of cowrie shells and early glass beads.
The beadwork is arranged into geometric designs, that are typical of the Kuba. The unusually large size of the attachments make this girdle particularly special.
Estimated Period: First Half of 20th Century
Ex Private Collection, Germany
(Attachments range in size from 14cm to 27cm)
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