Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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mokorotlo (hat)
  • unknown Sotho maker
  • mokorotlo (hat), late 1800s–1970
  • Where object was made: Lesotho
  • plant fiber, string, metal, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 20 x 31 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 7 7/8 x 12 3/16 in
  • Gift of Charles Adams
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0128

A conical, coiled hat made of plant fiber rods and string wrapping, with two stacked knobs at the point. There is one arch of metal (which is bent) wrapped in yellow string and one broken rod loop wrapped in black string (with a smaller loop at either end) arching over the knob. The hat is decorated with a rod wrapped with white string in an open zig zag pattern near the base. There are three stylized tree or bush shapes in black and orange, and two sets of double black lines, one near the base and one near the top.