Kuba Laket Prestige Cap

c. 1950
$580 USD
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H: 5.0" Dia: 6.5"
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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 patterned with cowrie shells and dotted with blue and white beads. Secured to the head by a metal pin, such caps were worn to signal one's personal and cultural status within the Kuba political hierarchies. Conical lakets such as this were typically worn by title-holding men, and expensive cowrie shells signal a high-ranking title. The intricately-crafted cap has remained with its wooden stand, used as a hat rack to protect the cap from dirt or damage.

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