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Hat (Botolo) with two copper discs (Losanja)

Hat (Botolo) with two copper discs (Losanja)

Late 19th century?

Broadcasting authority, botolo hats were placed on the head of a new chief as a validation of their right to rule. To prepare for public displays, the disks would be smeared with camwood powder mixed with oil to heighten the effect of the ruler’s prominence.
Cane, copper, grass, encrustations (basketry)
15 in. (38.1 cm)
Mary Arrington Small Estate Acquisition Fund
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Untold Story, November 14, 2003 - November 14, 2004

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