Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded headdress
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • beaded headdress, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • leather, metal, plant fiber, beading
  • Object Height/Diameter: 16 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 6 1/4 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2806

The cap-like headdress is made of leather and covered with beading. There is a large metal button at the crown. The band near the bottom edge has black and white triangles with a red line and white line at the bottom on one side, and one black and two white horizontal stripes on the other side. The area between is covered with beaded fringes, with beads in medium blue, red, white, blue/white stripes and red/white stripes. One tie is a cord of twisted plant fiber, and the other has a strip of leather tied to the cord.