- Museum number
Skull-cap composed of two sections of dyed blue machine plain woven cotton sections hand sewn together. The body of the cap is heavily embroidered in dyed blue, yellow, black, orange, green and bleached white cotton. The geometric patterns are made up of hundreds of tiny embroidered squares. The top of the cap is finished with a 'knot.'
Diameter: 19.50 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
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C174 (Heathcote collection number)