- Label Text
- Kuba hats are important visual manifestations of Kuba ideas about ethnicity, status and leadership. The laket, is one of the most common forms of hats worn by adult Kuba men. A small, domed cap with a scalloped edge, it forms the foundation for other, more elaborate Kuba hat styles. The laket is worn on the crown of the head so that one of the ears is always squarely centered on the face; a hat pin runs through the hair from the front to the back of the hat. The style with the miniature bells (ndwong angwoong) is worn with the bells over the forehead. A second pin--in a different style--may be worn with the finial over the wearer's right ear. This doubling is limited to those who are personally know the ruler, an aristocratic inner circle.
- Iron or aluminum pins indicate that the wearer is of relatively lower status--either not a title holder or one of lower rank. Copper alloy (brass) automatically suggests higher status, even when worn with a basic hat. In the 19th century, copper alloy pins were worn by rulers and still today they indicate a high status.
- Copper alloy pin ending in a copper alloy single bell.
- Mikoom Yemaa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, -- to 2001
- Allen C. Davis, 2001 to 2009
- Exhibition History
- Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 4, 2017-ongoing
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Kuba artist
- Mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Allen C. Davis in memory of Frère Joseph Cornet
- Copper alloy
- H x W: 20.3 × 1.1 cm (8 × 7/16 in.)