Aristocrat's cap

Indonesian (Buginese peoples)
about 1900


Height x width: 3 1/4 x 6 in. (8.3 x 15.2 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Plaited palm fiber and flat-gold wire

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White cap with flat crown worn by members of the Buginese royal family, main body of the cap made of palm fiber with stylized inscription of the name Muhammend plaited in; central circle and band around lower edge of cap made of plaited flat gold wire. White caps said to have been reserved for those who had completed the haj.


Until about 1965, Raja Gowa Bone, South Sulawesi, Indonesia; about 1965, sold by Raja Gowa Bone to a private collector, Singapore; about 1991/1994, sold by this private collector to Thomas Murray, Mill Valley, California; 2006, sold by Murray to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 2006)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund