Bride's Hat (Isicholo)
Arts of Africa
Fiber, pigment, beads, metal, cloth
early to mid-20th century
6 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. (16.5 x 32 cm)
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Gift in honor of William C. Siegmann in recognition of his contributions to the study and understanding of African Arts
Hat composed of a woven basketry frame, with fibers woven onto the outer surface. Fibers appear to have been dyed upon completion of the form, as a band of white fibers on back of hat and above cloth headpiece have not taken ochre pigment as elsewhere. A beaded band, with white, red, blue and black beads and metal studs has been affixed to the top of the hat. A woven cloth element, with alternating black/white rectangles, serves to secure the hat to head. A small tuft of black dyed fibers projects from the lower rear of hat.
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