Male titleholder’s wrapper (mapel) fragment - ROM2014_14159_3

ROM2014_14159_3

Male titleholder’s wrapper (mapel) fragment

Maker: Kuba; Ngeende
Medium:Raffia, cotton, appliqué
Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date: mid 20th century
Dimensions:
290 x 74 cm
Object number: 2012.20.13
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.
Not on view
Description

Rough raffia palm leaf is shredded and woven smooth as silk. 3 metres of cloth are spiralled several times about the waist, and belted to create a layered, dense, monumental skirt to flaunt prestige. At dances, vigorous spinning projects the design before the crowd of thousands.

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