Man’s Hat, DR Congo

Man’s Hat
Pende, Yaka, or Suku people, DR Congo
Early 20th century
Natural fiber
51/2″ high x 9 1/2″ wide  (14 x 24 cm)

This appears to be the original fiber model upon which glass beaded hats were based on.  Those are used by several different groups. Elsewhere in the Congo one finds hats with the same protuberances on the sides and top, however they are embellished with shells.

Price on request

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