Prestige cap

Bamum peoples
first half of the 20th century
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General Description

This red and yellow crocheted cap is decorated with bird feathers and animal hair. The feathers and hair of wild animals symbolize the power and strength men in leadership positions should possess. The position of these elements on either side of the hat imitates a hairstyle with projecting tufts of hair.

Excerpt from

African Headwear: Beyond Fashion, Label text, 2011.