Lot: 228

92nd Tribal Art Auction

Woman's ornamental belt

D. R. Congo, Mongo / Nkundo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Private Collection L: 73, 2 inch 1200 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

raffia palm fibre, cowy shells, glass beads, This belts or waist ornaments of plaited and twined raffia were worn low on the hips so that the cut-pie pom-pom, which was worn at the back, would wobble provocatively as the wearer walked (compare Drake Moraga (2011), p. 39, fig. 11).


Drake Moraga, V., Weaving Abstraction, The Textile Museum Washington, D.C., 2011, p. 39, ill. 9 and Fig. 11 (photo)
Pierrat, Emmanuel, "Comprendre l'Art Africain", Paris, 2008: 201