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  • Description

    Hat (one of three); made of wax; sombrero for man, wide-brimmed and decorated with multicoloured silk ribbons.

  • Date

    • 1970s
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1 centimetres
    • Diameter: 4.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See Sayer, Chloë. Arts and Crafts of Mexico. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1990 p. 118.

  • Exhibition history


    1977-1978, London, Horniman Museum

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Objects collected during the 1970s by Chloë Sayer and Marcos Ortiz. They were exhibited in 1977-1978 at the Horniman Museum, and later acquired by the British Museum.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Hat (one of three); made of wax; sombrero for man, wide-brimmed and decorated with multicoloured silk ribbons.



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