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chief's headdress
  • Chokwe or Lunda peoples
  • chief's headdress, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • plant fiber, cotton, weaving, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 x 28 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 11 x 8 11/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1704

Round headdress, woven from plant fiber, covered with cloth and beaded decoration. Bottom tier of hat is round with rectangular flaps on either side, and cylindrical flaps dangling from the bottom of the flaps and a second cylindrical flap hanging over the flap from the top of the tier. The tier is covered in dark blue and white beaded triangles on one side, black and white on the other. The rectangular flaps are black and white diamonds on one and triangles on the other. The bottom cylindrical flaps are green and white stripes and the top cylindrical flap is dark blue and white.

The top tier of the headdress is narrower, but it flares at the top. It is decorated with black triangles, outlined in red, and white triangles, and two 3-D birds in black and white. A third dimensional object is present, though not clearly a bird. The second tier is open at the top.