This magnificent and distinct Kuba belt (yet) features pendants representing a range of objects made of local and imported materials, including large shells from the coast and imported European glass beads. Large drawn beads, mass-produced in Venice in response to the rising demand for beads in Central Africa, adorn the central belt from which the pendants hang. Most of the pendants, such as the small hand mimicking a regent's glove, are miniature versions of Kuba bead- and shellwork. Others have symbolic meaning. A visual metaphor for the king, the stylized ram's head (ninth attachment from left) refers to the royal right to own sheep.
"Yale University Art Gallery-van Rijn Archive of African Art," last modified 2012, http://yvra.library.yale.edu
John Pemberton, African beaded art: power and adornment (Northampton, MA: Smith College Museum of Art, 2008)
John Pemberton, "Afrikanische Perlenkunst Macht und Schmuck," A4 - Magazin fur Aussereuropaische Kunst und Kultur no. 2/Iinternational edition. no. 7 (2008).
African Beaded Art: Power and Adornment (February 1–June 15, 2008)