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unknown Kuba (Congolese)

Nkody Mupaap (Belt Pendant or Ornament) from Kuba Judge's Regalia

19th century - 20th century
Woven, embroidered, and beaded raffia (?) with cowrie shells and glass beads

13/16 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 20 1/2 in. (2 cm x 14 cm x 52 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.125.a
Other Number(s): 106 (238) (Neufeld Collection Number)
238 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Adornments
Culture/Nationality: Kuba, Congolese, Central African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Central African - Nationality, styles, and culture of the people of the nation of the République centrafricaine.
  • Central African - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
  • Congolese - Nationality, styles, and cultures of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • cowrie shell - Shell of any of numerous marine gastropod mollusks of a family widely distributed in warm seas; beautifully polished, often brightly colored, and much used for ornament or as money.
  • Kuba - Describes works created by the African people of the same name living in the central Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • pendants - Any fixed hanging architectural ornaments.
  • regalia - Emblems, symbols, or paraphernalia indicative of a royal state or of an office or membership in a group.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • African Images, Western Imageries: Collecting and Recollecting African Bryn Mawr College , Sep 26, 1999 – Jun 15, 2000

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/20/1996

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 238

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "The Met Online Collections Database." The Met Collection. (Accessed April 9, 2020): The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession No.: 2003.139.4.
  • "Bonhams." (Accessed June 3, 2020):

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