African Tribal Art - Hat, Lega or Ndengese, D.R. Congo

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Lega or Ndengese, D. R. Congo
Raffia, cowrie shells, red trade beads, bronze bells, horse hair
17.5" (44.5 cm) high
Mid 20th century
or earlier

A regal woven tan fiber conical hat with a horse hair extension projecting from the top. Adorned with cowrie shells and red glass beads, it has side pieces anchored by bronze bells. Ex. William W. Brill collection, NYC., by inheritance to family. Acquired from Stolper Galleries, Amsterdam, 1966. The brown collection label on the base reads 160 A-1 sen.


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