Woman’s Bustle (Negbe) and Front Piece (Nogimwu)
Arts of Africa
Banana leaf, raffia
early 20th century
Bustle (a): 9 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (23.5 x 33.7 cm)
Front Piece (b): 3 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (8.9 x 13.7 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1931, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
a- Shape: somewhat oval. Center is plain except for dark brown stitches. There is a border of alternating narrow dark brown and beige bands. There is a boss at back of leaves for attachment.
b- Flat, round base is covered with delicate black linear pattern. A fiber roll is attached to top edge, embellished with bold geometrics.
Condition: good but brittle. Banana leaf material broken off in places.
This item is not on view
Mangbetu. Woman’s Bustle (Negbe) and Front Piece (Nogimwu), early 20th century. Banana leaf, raffia, Bustle (a): 9 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (23.5 x 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1931, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 31.1836a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.31.1836a_front.jpg)
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