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Helmet shaped cap on basketry support. Attached dreadlock-like extensions made of fiber and human hair. Appliqued on the front with red wool trade cloth.

Provenance

Around 2005, sold by Peter Boyd, Seattle, to a private collector; 2011, consigned by this private collector to Andres Moraga Textile Art, Berkeley, CA; 2011, sold by Andres Moraga Textile Art to the MFA. (Accession date: September 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Marshall H. Gould Fund

African, Cameroon, Grassfields, late 19th century

Object Place

Cameroon

Dimensions

Length x width: 26.7 x 30.5 x 47 cm (10 1/2 x 12 x 18 1/2 in.) Lender accessory: 15.2 x 15.2 cm (6 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

2011.483

Medium or Technique

Raffia, hair, wool

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes