- Museum number
Cap composed of four sections of cotton: two hand plain woven natural coloured cotton and two machine plain woven bleached white cotton. The outer layer of the cap is constructed from bleached white cotton. The body of the cap is embroidered in two horizontal bands:
1. seven irregular row of dyed olive cotton
2. nine rows of regular zig-zags
The top of the cap is decorated with a design embroidered in dyed olive green cotton forming a disk divided into even quarters with single floral motifs.
- Production date
- 22 November 1970 ((?) Purchased by vendor)
Diameter: 20 centimetres
Height: 9.50 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).
- 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: C47 (Heathcote collection number)