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Wig (uyembe matota, wiyembe, or pulumba)

early to mid 1900s
Overall: 12.7 x 24.8 x 27.3 cm (5 x 9 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.)
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Among the Chokwe, hats, diadems, and wigs of all sorts made in a variety of materials were once commonly worn by both men and women. Some were exclusive to religious and political titles. This wig imitates a female hairstyle in vogue until the 1960s. Made by a male craftsman, it was most typically worn by a woman at dances and other public festivals.
Wig (uyembe matota, wiyembe, or pulumba)

Wig (uyembe matota, wiyembe, or pulumba)

early to mid 1900s

Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo or Angola, Chokwe, early to mid 20th century

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