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Laket Mishiing Hat

Laket Mishiing Hat

Hats are proclamations of rank and title in the Kuba kingdom. Rivalries within the kingdom led to a competitive passion for art that conveyed status. Dyaash, the Kuba concept of ideal character, matches personal initiative with respect for hierarchy. Titleholders-such as the man who picks up obstacles in the king's path, the keeper of records, the herald and the magistrate-all wore hats to emphasize their roles in the royal court.

Fiber and raffia
5 13/16 in. (14.73 cm)
Gift of the Christensen Fund
Not currently on view

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