This is Lega Hat has Buttons Sewn all over this fiber classical form. This hat is covered with sewn buttons over the basketry surface. The chin strap similarly ornamented. Lega hats reveal status among the Bwami secret society which governs most of Lega life. Animals are important in Bwami symbolism, and elephant, pangolin, and hornbill all represent different levels of Bwami. This one is decorated with buttons the Lega got from Europeans. Besides any aesthetic consideration, these buttons added value and prestige to the hat. Hats such as this were worn by the grader members of the Bwami, the Ngandu and Yananio. They were worn during the ceremonies and dances celebrating new graders or initiates. A great addition to anyone's collection.
Late 20th Century
Hat show age, but in good condition.
4.5 Inches Tall Hat
6 Inches Wide
6 Inches Deep
11 Inches Fiber Strands
14 Inch Strap
16 Inches Tall on Stand
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