- Museum number
Skull-cap composed of four sections of machine plain woven cotton: 2 dyed lilac, 1 natural coloured cotton, 1 dyed blue. These sections are hand sewn together. The cap is decorated by a wide band of embroidery in dyed brown and gold silk. A series of narrow stripes are used to create diamonds patterns in negative leaving the ground weave exposed.
Diameter: 18.50 centimetres
Height: 16.50 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).
Shown in Heathcote, David. The Arts of the Hausa. London: Word of Islam Festival Publishing Company Ltd., 1976, plate 10.
- 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: C156 (Heathcote collection number)