About this object

After the expedition ship the Dayspring was wrecked at Jebba on the Niger River in October 1857, Selim Aga accompanied Lieutenant Glover on an overland expedition to the coastal town of Lagos to collect supplies for their stranded expedition. They took the ‘Yoruba road’ that passed through Ilorin so this may have been when Aga acquired this hat.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa
  • Date made
    Before 1860
  • Materials
    Vegetal fibre, leather
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Selim Aga, 1860
  • Collector
    Selim Aga
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Nigeria: Kwara State: Ilorin
  • Date collected
    Between 1857 and 1860
  • Measurements
    120 mm x 400 mm x 400 mm
  • Note
    STOCKBOOK: "Native hat, Malfa or sun hat from Ilorin. West Central Africa. Purchd of Mr. Aga."
    According to David Heathcote (The Arts of the Hausa, 1976 p.97) 'Malfa' is a straw hat in the Hausa language.
  • Related people
    Selim Aga (Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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