5 UMMA Objects
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1890 – 1920
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis

Wig Stuffed with Leaves
1900 – 1983
Gift of Meryl Pinsof-Platt
A cone-shaped headdress with a cylindrical finial rising from its top. Three long flaps hang from three projections located near the top of the finial. The green field of the main body and finial is embroidered with cowrie shells arranged in a four-pointed rosette pattern. Cowries also appear on the round flat top of the finial where they radiate around a circle of alternating red and white beads. Cowries form a fringe around the lower border of the cap and are accompanied by brass bells along the edges of the flaps. The headdress is bordered at its lower edge and at the top and bottom of the finial with a checkerboard pattern in red and white beads between thin rows of alternating green and white beads. Five double rows of white beads form a chevron pattern on the wheat-colored field of the flaps.
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Royal Hat
1895 – 1905
Gift of Marc Leo Felix, Brussels
This knitted or crocheted hat in a tall, cylindrical shape has concentric circles and checkerboard patterns decorating the top. The body of the hat is made of small open circles and short rod-like projections. 
Tikar (Tikar)
Prestige Cap
20th century
Gift of Meryl Pinsof-Platt
Cap in a dome shape made from woven fibers with a piece of fur attached to the top, possibly from a monkey. 
1890 – 1920
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis