Chief's loincloth (nogi)

African (Mangbetu peoples)
first half 20th century


Object Place: Republic of Congo, Africa

Dimensions

Overall: 112.4 x 117.5 cm (44 1/4 x 46 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2004.2055

Medium or Technique

Bark cloth, mud-dyed and stitched with raffia

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Mangbetu chief’s bark cloth loincloth made of Ficus roko or Urostigma Kotschyana bark; 5 panels of ecru and brown (mud-dyed) cloth stitched together into square panel.

Provenance

Collected by the Dominican Fathers, Ghent, Belgium, 1930-1950; Purchased by European dealer, about 2003; With Andres Moraga Textile Art by 2004; Purchased by the MFA, November 17, 2004

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Jeremy and Hanne Grantham