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chief's headdress
  • Chokwe peoples
  • chief's headdress, circa 1908
  • Where object was made: Africa
  • glass beads, leather, cloth, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 14.5 x 32 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 11/16 x 12 5/8 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1703
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Conical beaded headdress with a ridge across the top.

Side one: Ridge across top has one row of red and black triangles separated by white. Conical portion has three rows of red and black triangles separated by white.

Side two: Ridge across top has one row of white trangles on top with red or blue detail and a row triangles on bottom that are red, black, or blue. Separated by black and white chevrons. Conical portion has five rows of triangles. Bottom three rows are black and white. Top two rows are blue and white. Triangles in upper rows are smaller than triangles in lower rows.

Flap at either end of ridge has two rows of black and white triangles.