Cap

Description
Mpu were worn by powerful men and acted as a visible symbol of authority. They were hand-woven by men using raffia or pineapple fibre, and would have been produced in different styles that reflected a hierarchy of power; e.g. prominent traders, nobles, princes and kings. The most prestigious caps were decorated with leopard claws. Kongo women, on the other hand, did not wear prestige caps but instead created hairstyles for themselves that reflected their status.
Accession Loan No.
9/1889/83
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
cap
Simple Name
cap
Full Name
prestige cap (mpu)
Dimensions
whole height 170 mm; whole diameter 150 mm
Cultural Group
Bakongo
Production Year Low
1879
Production Year High
1889
Production County
Kingdom of Kongo
Production Country
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Production Area Region
Central Africa
Production Continent
Africa
Family Group

Material
pineapple fibre
Function Name
headwear
Collection Area Region
CENT
Collection Continent
Africa

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