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Small Mangbetu Mat

Tribe Dynasty

Mangbetu

Country Of Origin

DRC

Date

20th century

Size

28 x 47 cms (11 x 18½ ins)

Materials

Fibre

Technique

Plaited fibre

Condition

Excellent condition

This unusual mat is decorated with rows of chevrons edged with a border of lighter coloured fibre with a design of shallower cropped chevrons. Its intended use is ambiguous, it is not stiff enough to have been used as screen or platter. Most likely it is a prestige or gift item meant to show the skill of the maker or perhaps it was placed on the ground and prestige items or gifts were placed upon it.

Price

Price on request

Reference No

947

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