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PAST - Adornment Pieces from the African Collection 

Conical shaped crown with multi-colored beadwork and a beaded fringe veil. From the bottom of the crown moving up, there are three rows of four faces, where the opposing faces have the same color. On the bottom, 2 faces are blue and 2 are green; the next row has 2 white and 2 brown faces; the top row has 2 white and two yellow faces. The red beads on the faces may resemble scarification marks. There are three-dimensional birds along the sides of the crown as well as a large one on top that is removable. 7 strings of multi-colored beads hang from the crown; most of the beaded veil is missing.  
Yoruba
Oba’s Beaded Crown
1925 - 1975
glass beads, cotton fabric, raffia palm
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.306
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
Prestige Cap
20th century
cotton, dye
Gift of Meryl Pinsof-Platt
1983/1.95
Pin with designed bulb-like pinhead. Head of the pin is round with its base flowering into four round petal-like shapes. Wrapping around the middle portion of the pinhead is a geometric pattern. 
Kuba
Hairpin
1920 - 1930
brass
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1984/2.23
Pin with designed pinhead. Pinhead has a cylindrical shape with a flat cap. The base of the pinhead slightly flares out. The pinhead is engraved with rectilinear designs.
Kuba
Hairpin
1920 - 1930
brass
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1984/2.36
Arusi;Galla
Bracelet
1900 - 1985
brass
Gift of W. Douglas Roberts
1985/2.37
Ethiopian
Bracelet
1900 - 1985
brass
Gift of W. Douglas Roberts
1985/2.38
Mangbetu
Hairpin
1900 - 1985
bronze
Museum purchase made possible by the Betty J. Lockett Memorial Fund
1985/2.40
Lobi
Twisted metal bracelet with chameleon
1945 - 1955
cast bronze (cire perdue)
Museum Purchase
1985/2.54
This red, felt, miter-shaped hat with lateral flaps terminates in gold-colored tassels. An internal wood frame sewn in to the central spine of the hat keeps its peaked shape. Two figures are delicately embroidered with yellow thread, one on each side of the hat. The figure on its left resembles a lizard with a small round head and long tail. The figure on the right is human and appears to be wearing a costume. A narrow strip of green fabric covers the external, central spine or seam of the hat. The hat's interior is green.
Hat
1925 - 1975
felt, embroidery thread, wood
Gift of Dr. Douglas C. Kelley
1997/1.172
Akan
Bracelet
20th century
brass
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.335
Open-back shoes with leather soles attached to a cloth-lining with metal tacks. The beadwork on the upper part of the shoe is blue with a British style crown rendered in gold, silver, red, blue, yellow, and green beads. 
Yoruba
Oba's Slippers
20th century
wood, metal, cloth, leather, multi-colored beadwork
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.307.1-2
A necklace composed of two beaded, square panels joined by a double strand of clusters of beads. The double strand joining the panels consists of beads in shades of green, blue, pink, yellow, and white. The square panels are decorated with zig-zag patterns in various colors and feature a face in the center, made of red beads. 
Yoruba
Beaded Diviner's Necklace
20th century
cloth, multi-colored beadwork, seeds or nuts
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.312

Jewelry, hair pieces, slippers, and head wear.

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19 Collection Object Sources

Prestige Cap (1983/1.95)
Hairpin (1984/2.23)
Hairpin (1984/2.36)
Bracelet (1985/2.37)
Bracelet (1985/2.38)
Hairpin (1985/2.40)
Hat (1997/1.172)
Bracelet (1997/1.335)
Oba's Slippers (1997/1.307.1-2)
Diviner's Bag (1997/1.339)
Bracelet (1997/1.517)
Bracelet (2000/2.47)
Beaded Bracelet (2014/2.56)

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