Titleholder's hatArtist(s)KubaArtist NationalityKuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style)Object Creation Date19th centuryMedium & Supportnatural fiber and stringDimensions
3 7/16 in x 5 5/16 in x 4 3/4 in (8.8 cm x 13.5 cm x 12 cm);3 7/16 in x 5 5/16 in x 4 3/4 in (8.8 cm x 13.5 cm x 12 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchaseSubject matter
Kuba hats often serve as symbols of prestige. Cowrie shell, beads and brass-encrusted headgear embroidered in geometric patterns are commonly worn by royalty or royal designates for ceremonial occasions. This cap may have been worn by a royal attendant. The geometric patterns created from the wavy lines resemble triangular designs similar to the geometric patterns found on Kuba textile, basketry, sculpture, and female body scarifications.Physical Description
A dome-shaped cap with alternating patterns of straight and wavy linear designs. Between the wavy linear designs are spaces allowing one to see through the cap. The bottom of the cap contains four symettrically positioned flaps. Primary Object Classification Costume and Costume Accessories Primary Object TypehatCollection AreaAfricanRights
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