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Titleholder's hat

Accession Number
1985/1.163

Title
Titleholder's hat

Artist(s)
Kuba

Artist Nationality
Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1950

Medium & Support
natural fiber and string

Dimensions
4 5/16 in x 6 3/4 in x 4 5/16 in (11 cm x 17.2 cm x 10.9 cm);4 5/16 in x 6 3/4 in x 4 5/16 in (11 cm x 17.2 cm x 10.9 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art

Subject matter
Kuba hats often served as symbols of prestige. This cap may have potentially be worn by a royal attendant. The stitched chevron patterns resemble designs similar to the patterns found on Kuba textile, basketry, sculpture, and female body scarifications.

Physical Description
Cone-shaped cap with flattened top. The cap is stitched with black linear uneven chevron patterns. The bottom of the cap contains four symmetrically positioned flaps. 

Primary Object Classification
Costume and Costume Accessories

Primary Object Type
hat

Collection Area
African

Rights
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Keywords
prestige
royalty
royalty (nobility)
social status

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