Chief's hat

Miter-shaped hat with double layer of fabric made from whorls of light-colored cotton applique on dark green velveteen ground. Sides of hat terminate in red tassels. Front edge of hat is trimmed with red fabric.
Artist Unknown, African, Bamileke Peoples, Cameroon
1925-1975
In the Grassfields region of western Cameroon, his type of hat was reserved for chiefs and elders to denote their authority. Its style of appliqué is influenced by Hausa aesthetic ideas.
Gift of Dr. Douglas C. Kelley
1997/1.171
Sunday, October 21, 2018