Hat

Hat

1900s

Feathers, vine, fiber, cotton, cloth, string

Diameter: 90 cm (35 7/16 in.)

Sundry Purchase Fund 2007.181

Description

Hundreds of red tail-feathers of the gray parrot decorate this disk-shaped hat. Provided with an ingenious built-in storage system that also protects the feathers during travel, such hats were reserved for the king, some high-ranking individuals, and members of the all-male elephant society--known as Kuosi, Nekang, or Kem-ndze--at ceremonies and funerals.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Textile
Credit line: 
Sundry Purchase Fund

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