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chief's headdress with plume
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • chief's headdress with plume, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Africa
  • plant fiber, cotton, wood, ostrich feathers, coiling, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a 23 x 24.5 x 21 cm width at ear-like flaps
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a 9 1/16 x 9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in width at ear-like flaps
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2800.a,b
Label Text

The round headdress (2007.2800.a) has an ostrich feather plume (2007.2800.b). The hat-like headdress has a structure of coiled plant fiber, covered with cloth, then beads. The larger bottom of the headdress has an ear-like flap on either side that is decorated with black and white lines that continue around to the other flap. The body of the headdress is decorated with black and white triangles. The top of the headdress narrows and flares again at the top of the tube-like receptacle for the plume. The "shoulder" of the headdress between the small top and large bottom is decorated with larger scale black and white triangles with a red border on either side.

The plume comprises a wooden plug with many ostrich feathers inserted.