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A Kuba Laket, Headdress

with cowrie shells and beads

Tribe Dynasty

Kuba

Country Of Origin

DRC

Date

Early 20th century

Materials

Raffia fibre, cowrie shells, glass beads, woollen cloth

Technique

Basketry and beadwork

Condition

Very good condition except that the red woollen cloth base beneath the cowrie shells has corroded away

Cowrie shells and beads were visual signs of wealth and status in the Kuba Kingdom. The cowrie lattice, bordered by strands of beads and the fringe of more beads and cowries show that this hat belonged to a man of stature. The hat was once even more impressive with prestige European red cloth (now corroded away) beneath the shell lattice and covering the raffia base.

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2542

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