Antique Royal Ceremonial Tunic with Raffia, cowrie shells and beads from the Kuba People.
This tunic is a part of a larger ensemble called the "bwantshy".
Other examples that are somewhat similar:
1. Collection of The Newark Museum (USA).
LINK 1 http://www.scalarchives.com/web/dettaglio_immagine.asp?numImmagini=19&posizione=17&prmset=on&ANDOR=&xesearch=rafia&ricerca_s=rafia&SC_PROV=RR&SC_Lang=ita&Sort=8
2. Christies Sale 5072 (2003) http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/une-costume-de-danse-kuba-republique-democratique-4116932-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=4116932&sid=7b4265d1-dcae-469d-a037-5830311fddeb
A fabulous once in a lifetime find!
Estimated to be from the early /mid1900s and was probably collected from the field in the mid-1900s