Man's dance skirt

African, Kuba, Ngongo
mid-20th century

Object Place: Democratic Republic of Congo


Overall: 67.3 x 239.4 cm (26 1/2 x 94 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Plain weave raffia, stitched-cane resist dyed with indigo

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Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Long narrow plain weave woven raffia dance skirt, stitch cane-resist dyed in indigo with paired canes forming interlacing diamond pattern, red dyed raffia border at one edge with small natural raffia pompoms, natural raffia border at the other with larger pompoms


1981, sold by an unknown African trader, Cambridge, MA, to Deborah Garner, Leyden, MA; 2012, sold by Deborah Garner to the MFA. (Accession date: March 28, 2012)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund