Oct 30, 2009
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 30, 2009



early 1900s

Plant fibers, cloth, glass beads, cowrie shells, and copper alloy

Diameter: 17.8 cm (7 in.); Overall: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1994.88



Costumes worn by the Kuba king, members of his family, and the nobility are spectacular. Raffia cloth, leopard skin, feathers, beads, and cowrie shells are combined in magnificent ensembles used for specific ceremonial roles. Beaded caps of this sort are worn only by members of the royal family. When not in use, they are preserved in royal storehouses.

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