Ceremonial hat

Name

Ceremonial hat

Description

Made of raffia and glass pearls. This type of hat was originally made of natural beads, and some still are.

Materials

Raffia fibres, beads

Place of Production

Democratic Republic of Congo, Pende people
2nd half of the 20th Century

Number of pieces

1

Use

Called Mpu in Kikongo or Ekoti in Lingala
It is worn by traditional chiefs on special occasions. It is said to transmit magical power to the chief by helping him to communicate with the spirits and ancestors. Only initiated men are allowed to touch this hat. It is totally forbidden for women to be in contact with it. Its specific shape evokes the eyes the chief is supposed to have on his forehead and at the back of his head, as proof of his connection with the sky. The horns remind his strength.

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Marta

(01/01/2016)

Its specific shape evokes the eyes the chief is supposed to have on his forehead ?

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