Red, felt, miter-shaped hat with lateral flaps that terminate in gold-colored tassles. An internal wood frame sewn inot the central "spine" of the hat keeps its peaked shape. Two figures are delicately embroidered with yellow thread, one on each side of the hat. The figre on its left resembles a lizard with a small round head and long tail. The figure on the right is human and appears to be wearing a costume. A narrow strip of green fabric covers the extermal, central spine or seam of the hat. The hat's interior is green.
Peaked or “miter-style” hats are found in many parts of west Africa. This hat is of undetermined origin and might best be viewed as a visual document of aesthetic mixing between several different cultural groups. Its color and shape suggest it may haven been inspired by a type known in the Mande language as bambada, or crocodile’s mouth, named for the lateral tapers that resemble the open jaws of a crocodile, which was worn by warriors of the Mande-speaking groups from the western Sahel. The fine stitch work and design resembles that of Manding embroiderers, whose designs can be found on garments throughout the region. The hat also resembles a style worn by men in western Cameroon, which was strongly influenced by Hausa fashions brought by traders from northern Nigeria in the late 19th century.