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Kuba Royal Prestige Cap Hat Laket Handwoven Congo Africa

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Title Kuba Royal Prestige Cap Hat Laket Handwoven Congo Africa
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: 7 Inches
Depth: 2 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair creases, broken threads. very dirty

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.)