- Museum number
Skull-cap composed of four sections of machine plain woven cotton dyed blue. The sides of cap are heavily embroidered forming weft stripes using dyed red, orange, light and dark blue, red, pink, grey and maroon cotton. These stripes consist of alternating lozenges, check and multicoloured blocks with geometric patterning. The top of the cap is decorated with a central white circle surrounded by a border of alternating coloured blocks with geometric patterning. The top of the cap is finished by a 'knot.'
- Production date
- 3 April 1971 ((?) Purchased by vendor)
Diameter: 16 centimetres
Height: 9 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: C69 (Heathcote collection number)