- Museum number
Round cap composed of four sections of cotton. The external sections of cotton are completely embroidered. The patterns consist of orange, blue, yellow, green, black and white squares are used to create larger patterns forming geometric shapes; the cap is embroidered with dyed and bleached cotton. The cap is lined in dyed blue machine plain woven cotton. The center of the cap consists of a disk of white cotton with a dyed blue, green and orange ring. The cap is finished with a 'knot.'
- Production date
- 13 October 1973 ((?) Purchased by vendor)
Diameter: 16 centimetres
Height: 10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Multicoloured embroidered caps are a key element of Hausa dress. The popularity of these caps has developed over the last 20-30years. This increase in popularity coincides with the expectation that all men will cover their heads. During this time there has also been a simplification of dress leaving the more cumbersome forms of head covering behind in exchange for the simpler cap (Heathcote 1975 The Nigerian Field Vol XL).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 2008 (8 September)
- Acquisition notes
- This collection was made over a ten year period in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the vendor and collector, Dr David Heathcote, was Head of Art History at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, northern Nigeria. His PhD research focused on the study of Hausa embroidered dress; this collection was formed as a result of his extensive field research.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C148 (Heathcote collection number)