Man's ceremonial skirt

African (Kuba Kingdom, Bushoong peoples)
about 1900

Object Place: Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa


Height x width: 101 1/2 x 30 in. (257.8 x 76.2 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Raffia plain weave embroidered with raffia, raffia pompoms

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s ceremonial dance skirt with border patterned with dark brown triangles embroidered with pile stitch on a beige ground, central field embroidered in counted thread stitch with interlacing geometric design in brown, white and gold. Red-pigment dyed narrow outer border edged with beige pompoms. Patched red plain weave cloth at one end.


Private Collection, Belgium; 2005, sold by Private Collection to Monsieur Martin, London; March 2005, sold by Monsieur Martin to Joss Graham Gallery, London; 2006, sold by Joss Graham Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Jeremy and Hanne Grantham