Crown

A Kuba king wears an elaborate cowrie-shell laden costume called bwaantshy, which can weigh up to 100 kg (220 lb.). The lavish use of the shells on this accompanying crown indicates it was worn for official matters with a bwaantshy. For hundreds of years, cowrie shells have been valued in Africa as currency, and as talismans or embellishments.


Collection Connections 

  • Crown

    Crown

    Africa: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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  • Bell Pendant

    Bell Pendant

    Africa: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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    Hat

    Africa: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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