About this object

Finely crafted lace-like cap of cotton consisting of open work fabric of miniature rectangles in larger and smaller gauge. Small-gauge band round rim and similar circle on the tip. Two bands of large diamond shapes in small gauge placed end to tip encircling the crown.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Textile/Clothing
  • Culture
    Bakongo
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa: Republic of the Congo
  • Date made
    1883 before
  • Materials
    Fibre Plant
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of J. G. C. Harrison, 1883
  • Collector
    J G C Harrison
  • Place collected
    Africa: Central Africa: Republic of the Congo
  • Date collected
    1883 before
  • Measurements
    180 mm x 250 mm x 250 mm
  • Note
    STOCKBOOK: Cap of netted cotton. "King's cap from the Cheaka or Apinge country - made from African cotton & sewn with a native needle made out of either bamboo or wood. The further you go into the interior the more cotton bushes are found in places where no white people have been & the natives have known it from time immemorial. I think it can be proved that Cotton was known in Africa before the arrival of the Portuguese." (J.G.C.H) Presented by J.G.C. Harrison. Loango.
  • Related people
    J G C Harrison (Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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