842 Rare Antique Kuba Ceremonial Raffia Jacket with Cowrie Shells



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".

Another example that is somewhat similar:

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

 

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