- Museum number
Skull-cap composed of two sections of plain woven natural coloured cotton hand sewn together. The skull-cap is completely covered with embroidery in dyed red, maroon, green, orange, blue, black and bleached white cotton. The cap is predominantly decorated in row of coloured diamonds with black outlines. The centre of the top of the cap consists of a central white circle with a maroon border. The top of the cap is finished with a 'knot.'
Diameter: 15.50 centimetres
Height: 13 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: C155 (Heathcote collection number)