Western Cameroon Grasslands Kaka Chiefs Hat
Western Cameroon Grasslands Kaka Chiefs Hat
Western Cameroon Grasslands Kaka Chiefs Hat
Western Cameroon Grasslands Kaka Chiefs Hat

Western Cameroon Grasslands Kaka Chiefs Hat

1900 to 2000 Cameroon

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An African Western Cameroon Grasslands Kaka Chiefs Hat the Woven Cotton Cap Decorated with Projecting Porcupine Quills
First half 20th Century

Size: approx: 47cm long – 18½ ins long
Provenance: Reputedly collected from Magba Village, West Cameroon
At the turn of the 20th century Hausa traders introduced the hand embroidered hat to the Grasslands of the Cameroon’s and these began to replace the elaborate hairstyles once worn by men throughout the area. Instead of reproducing the tufts of hair with projecting knit burls stiffened with tiny wooden inserts, this cap imitates the ornamental hairstyle by being embellished with porcupine quills. This type of headgear denotes high social status and was probably worn on ceremonial occasions.
Medium
Cotton, Porcupine Quills
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