Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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mokorotlo (hat)
  • unknown Sotho maker
  • mokorotlo (hat), mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Lesotho
  • plant fiber, coiling, braiding
  • Object Height/Diameter: 21 x 34.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 8 1/4 x 13 9/16 in
  • Gift of Charles Adams
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2942

The conical coiled hat is made of a light brown grass. There are two stacked knobs at the point with a strap-like decoration with braided loops at either end arching over the top. There is a wide band of openwork ziagzag near the rim of the hat, and four thin black bands above. There is a thin cord for a chin strap.