Prestige cap (mpwa)

MAKER:
Artist

Unknown

CULTURE:
Suku peoples
DATE:
20th–mid 20th century
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General Description

Despite its simple design and modest decoration, this knotted cap was considered to be a powerful charm that protected the chief from malevolent forces. Rules had to be observed regarding when it could be removed and by whom—generally the chief’s first wife.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, African Headwear: Beyond Fashion, Label text, 2011.