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Kuba Hat Laket Mishiing Woven Cap Raffia Congo African Art

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Title Kuba Hat Laket Mishiing Woven Cap Raffia Congo African Art
Type of Object Cap / Hat
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of the Congo
People Kuba
Materials Raffia, vegetal fibers
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Width: 8 Inches
Depth: 2 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair stains; a few fraying strands

Additional Information:  The frame of this cap is made of vegetal fibers using basketry techniques.  Among the Kuba,  such caps  are known under the generic name of laket.  They are worn by Kuba nobles (Mbeemy and Mbeengy) and princes as symbols of their high rank. Kuba hats such as this were worn as a part of daily attire and also as ceremonial hats. They were also part of their regalia and play the role of emblem of the status and social rank. They also intend to demonstrate royal health and power.

For similar piece see Cornet, Joseph, ART ROYAL KUBA, fig. 261, p. 216. See also  Cornet's ART ROYAL KUBA, Mack's EMIL TORDAY AND THE ART OF THE CONGO 1900-1909.; Patricia Darish and David Binkley, " Headdresses and titleholder Among the Kuba", pp. 159-169 in CROWNING ACHIEVEMENTS (Arnoldi & Kreamer eds.)