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Aristocrat's cap

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Dark blue cap with flat crown worn by members of the Buginese royal family, main body of the cap made of palm fiber with stylized inscription of the name Muhammend plaited in; central circle and band around lower edge of cap made of plaited flat gold wire.


By 1965, Raja Gowa Bone, South Sulawesi, Indonesia; about 1965, sold by Bone to Chinese private collection, Singapore; about 1993, sold from private collection to Thomas Murray, Mill Valley, California; 2006, sold by Murray to the MFA. (accession date: June 21, 2006)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund

Indonesian (Buginese peoples), about 1900


Height x width: 3 1/4 x 6 in. (8.3 x 15.2 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Plaited palm fiber and flat-gold wire


Textiles and Fashion Arts