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Mangbetu men and women of high status traditionally wore hats made of fiber with a circular base and a rectangular or hexagonal top. They were decorated with feathers, usually from birds found in the high forest areas, but occasionally from domestic fowl, as in this example.

CULTURE Mangbetu
MEDIUM Vegetal fiber, Guinea fowl(?) feathers
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 4 1/2 x 7 7/16in. (11.4 x 18.9cm) Other: 7 7/16in. (18.9cm)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1931, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Natural-colored in box weave with brown edging. Bunch of brown feathers with white and blue dots, attached with fiber loop. Condition: worn and brittle with extensive losses. Masking tape repairs on interior.
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