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Hat

Hat

late 1800s-early 1900s

Raffia palm fiber, leopard claws

Overall: 42 x 19.3 x 19 cm (16 9/16 x 7 5/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1997.180

Fun Fact

Power is transferred to the new chief along with the cap of his predecessor.

Description

In Congo, traditional village chiefs and rulers hold authority over political, judicial, and economic spheres. The chief’s power is manifested through powerful implements, including the cap. In fact, the village leader's title means "Chief of the Cap." This cap has eight leopard claws confirming the owner’s high status.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Textile

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