African gray parrot feathers, wood, plant fiber, probably cotton, string, and colorant

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

Sundry Purchase Fund 2007.181



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.

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