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Ekonda Tiered Woven Hat Botolo African Art

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Title Ekonda Tiered Woven Hat Botolo African Art
Type of Object Woven hat
Country of Origin DR Congo
People Ekonda, Sengele or Sakata
Materials vegetal fibers
Approximate Age second half century
Dimensions Height: 14.5 Inches
Width: 8 Inches
Overall Condition Fair.
Damage/Repair tiers are crooked and bent. general wear


Additional Information: This interesting hat is a very rare handwoven hat in a layered conical form. Tiered hat woven from vegetal fibers worn by Ekonda chiefs. Such wickerwork hats come from a number of contiguous groups living in the Congo Basin region, especially among the Ekonda, Ntumba, Bolia, Sengele and Sakata. Such wicker hats were known as Botolo, and they  were worn by leaders, initiates and diviners as part of ornaments and also as symbols of status.  It has one copper disc and has geometric patterns painted in white and red. Otherwise the overall condition is stable.


A wickerwork example of a Botolo hat is published in Daniel P. Biebuyck and Nelly Van Den Abbeele , The Power Of Headdresses, Brussels, 1984, plate 44. See also a photo of a Nkumu wearing a Botolo hat (plate 44 bis)


The same hat and photo are also published  Mary Jo Arnoldi and Christine Mullen Kreamer (ed.) Crowning Achievements. African Arts of Dressing the Head, 1995, figs. 2.17-2.18