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beaded headdress
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • beaded headdress, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • leather, beading
  • Object Height/Diameter: 13 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 1/8 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2802

The surface of the cap-like leather headdress is fully beaded. There is a wide band of black and white triangles, with a band of vertical stripes at the border in black, white and red beads. The top of the cap is covered with beaded fringes in red, white, light blue and black, in a variety of solids and stripe thicknesses.

There are two long, thin leather ties and two long beaded fringes on either side of the face in black and white.