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Date:
late 19th century
Culture:
African (Kuba peoples)
Medium:
cotton, shell, leather
Dimensions:
Overall (a): 14 x 31 1/2 in. (35.6 x 80 cm) Length (b): 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm) Height (c): 5 1/8 in. (13 cm) Length (d): 17 3/8 in. (44.1 cm) Length (e, f): 23 5/8 in. (60 cm) Length (g): 64 3/4 in. (164.5 cm) Length (h, i): 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) Length (j, k): 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Janet A. Sloane Gift Fund, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.413.1a–k
  • Description

    Raffia fiber, harvested from the palm leaf, is used in almost all Kuba textiles and is a powerful emblem of security and continuity, symbolizing the bond of the living to each other as well as to the deceased. The intricately pieced checkerboard pattern and large size of this skirt reveal the prominent social status of the wearer.

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