Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Hupa, Karuk (Karok), or Yurok peoples
  • hat, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: California, United States
  • plant fiber, weaving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 11 x 18 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 5/16 x 7 1/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2644

The round hat has straight sides and a pointed top.The light natural sides are decorated with a thick band of medium brown, with an undulating band of contiguous light natural parallograms and "M" shapes. The edges of the dark brown band have small light natural triangles, giving a scalloped appearance. There are thin black bands; one on either side of the undulating line, and a black line at the base of each "M" shape. There is open weave adjacent to the rim.

The exterior of the top is medium brown. The interior of the sides is medium brown.

The interior of the top has a light natural field. There is a small black band with a denticular edge near the center. There is a medium brown band then a black band with a denticular edge. There are three black parallelograms with jagged edges on the outer edge.