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Lot 0642
**Originally Listed At $450**

Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba, ca. mid 20th century CE. A large Kuba cloth panel presenting bold geometric patterns in warm earth tones: chocolate brown against a creamy beige ground. Traditionally, kuba cloth is woven from raffia-tree leaves; this example is comprised of naturally colored fabric created via a laborious process of hand-dyeing using mud, indigo, or the powdered bark of the camwood tree. Such cloths are usually created by Kuba men on a single heddle loom. Next they are embroidered by women and children to create an uncut or cut-pile appearance (the latter resembling a velvet or velour texture). Kuba cloths are worn during ceremonial events, especially funerals; however, they are also found in tapestries and home furnishings. The abstract geometric patterns are symbolic of an individual's social and marital status, age, and/or personal attributes or character. Size: 26.25" L x 22.75" W (66.7 cm x 57.8 cm); 31.125" L x 27.125" W (79.1 cm x 68.9 cm) framed

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Cloth is in very good condition. Set against a linen backing in a glass-fronted wooden frame which is also in very good condition.

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20th C. African Kuba Cloth Panel (Framed)

Estimate $700 - $1,050
$2500 bids
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