helmet (ceremonial clothing)

A ceremonial hat or helmet, close-fitting and conical shaped. It is made with fine, diagonal twill of thin cane strips. The alternate cane strips are gathered in bunches at the top and held with a form of chain stitched cane strips. There is a plume of red hairs at the top (possibly human hair), consisting of two small plumes and one larger plume, bound on a strip of bamboo by cotton thread.

There is a small, circular collector's label stuck to the inside of the object, with the number 25 on it.

Collection Information

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