HairpinArtist(s)KubaArtist NationalityKuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style)Object Creation Datecirca 1925Medium & SupportbrassDimensions
8 3/16 in x 1 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in (20.8 cm x 3.8 cm x 3.8 cm)Credit LineMuseum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of ArtSubject matter
Brass and copper hairpins were typically associated with a higher status. Often, they were worn through a dome shaped hat called a laket. A laket was also seen as objects of prestige and often worn by married men of the ruling class. Additionally, the geometric patterns on this particular hairpin are similar to patterns found on Kuba textile, basketry, sculpture, and female body scarifications.
Daniel Biebuyck, The Arts of Zaire, 1985
Georges Meurant, African Textiles from the Kingdom of Kuba, 1986
Roy Sieber, African Textiles and Decorative Arts, 1972
Jan Vansina, The Children of Woot, 1978Physical Description
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. Primary Object Classification Jewelry Primary Object Typepersonal adornmentCollection AreaAfricanRights
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