Title: Hat (mpaan)
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 Material Information
Title: Hat (mpaan)
Physical Description: Fabric, glass beads, cowrie shells 5 1/4 x 8 x 9 in. (13.3 x 20.3 x 22.9 cm)
Creator: Kuba People , 20th Century
Donor: McGalliard, Rod ( donor )
 Subjects
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- Democratic Republic of Congo
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Abstract: Flat topped hats, mpaan, are worn for ceremonies that display family wealth and unity, as well as funerals for high-ranking individuals and other important community events. Only women in the king’s entourage may be authorized to wear the mpaan. The mpaan serves as a base for the more elaborately beaded conical hat, the kupash. The black and white triangular beaded pattern on the sides is called lakwoon, meaning “crochet.” The cowry shell accentuated by rings of glass beads in the center of the cap echoes the large white conus shell adornment on royal headdresses.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083065
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: 2003.40.9

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