Woman's ceremonial skirt (ntchak)

African (Kuba Kingdom, Bushoong subgroup)
First half 20th century

Object Place: Democratic Republic of Congo


68.7 x 151 cm (27 1/16 x 59 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Raffia plain weave, embroidered with pulled and drawn work

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Central panel of brown-dyed raffia cloth patterned with drawn-thread openwork embroidery. Rare design type consisting of large squares alternating with positive and negative renderings of the same pattern achieved by varying the spacing of the openwork embroidery. Skirt is bordered on three sides with bands of cut-pile embroidery. Outer edging of bundled reeds produces wavy, serpentine contour. Worn by royal women.


David Lanz; purchased by the MFA, 24 May 1995

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund