Kuba Laket Prestige Cap

c. 1950
$880 USD
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Dimensions
H: 11.5" Dia: 7.0"
Materials
Bead
Fabric
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
CPFW006B
Estimated Shipping
$38

This petite cone-shaped cap, known as laket, was created by an artisan of the Kuba peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The base is made of a simple woven raffia fabric, which was then embellished with a pattern of cowrie shells. Secured to the head by a metal pin, such caps were worn to signal one's personal and cultural status within Kuba political hierarchies. Conical lakets such as this were typically worn by title-holding men, and expensive cowrie shells signal a high-ranking title. We've set this intricately-crafted cap on a custom steel mount to elevate it as a fantastic sculptural object.

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