Headdress

African, Ndengese peoples
late 19th century


Object Place: Democratic Republic of Congo

Dimensions

Length x width x height: 16.5 x 20.3 x 17.8 cm (6 1/2 x 8 x 7 in.) Black metal stand: 12.7 x 12.7 cm (5 x 5 in.)

Accession Number

2011.482

Medium or Technique

Raffia, cowrie shells, traces of pigment

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Men’s prestige headdress of plaited raffia, decorated with cowrie shells.

Provenance

February 20, 2004, sold by Pace Gallery, New York, to a private collector; 2011, consigned by this private collector to Andres Moraga Textile Art, Berkeley, CA; 2011, sold by Andres Moraga to the MFA. (Accession date: September 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Marshall H. Gould Fund