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beaded headdress
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • beaded headdress, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • raffia, weaving, beading
  • Object Height/Diameter: 12 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2807

The cap-like headdress is made of woven raffia. Most of the cap is covered with beading, except one flap at the edge, which is about 1/3 of the circumference of the hat. There is a single line of white disc beads above the flap which has a tie of twisted raffia at each end. There is a band of white diamond and black diamond outlines above the flap, which extends a bit further around the cap, but not a complete circle, it ends with black and white chevrons on one end. The top of the cap is covered in beaded fringes, solid red beads clustered in the space covering the incomplete circles, and fringes of striped beads (white with red or blue) are clustered on the crown and spread above the diamond decorated band.