Title: Man's Prestige Hat (ashetu)
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Title: Man's Prestige Hat (ashetu)
Physical Description: Cotton, natural dyes, coins, cowrie shells 9 x 10 3/4 x 7 in. (22.9 x 27.3 x 17.8 cm)
Creator: Bamum People , 20th Century
 Subjects
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- Cameroon
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Abstract: Finely knitted hats are the prerogative of titled individuals of the Grassland Kingdoms of southwestern Cameroon. This elaborate example has woven burls on either side that mimic a hairstyle once popular throughout the region. The cowrie shells, coins, and blue beads on the cap – all imported and used as currency – point to the prosperity of the wearer and his advantageous position within a system of social and political advancement through acquisition of wealth. The tubular blue beads, a product of Venice, are considered one of the most prestigious types of beads, and are applied extensively to royal regalia and display objects.
Acquisition: Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Art Acquisition Fund
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083067
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: 2004.20.1

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