Thin, double-side, H-shaped bronze sculpture. Each side is made up of a collection of rough rectangle shapes overlapping and butting up against one another. Two rectangle-shaped openings penetrate the piece.
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.
Artist Unknown, African, Bamileke Peoples, Cameroon
Miter-shaped hat with double layer of fabric made from whorls of light-colored cotton applique on dark green velveteen ground. Sides of hat terminate in red tassels. Front edge of hat is trimmed with red fabric.
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cotton appliqué with tassels
African, Bamileke Peoples, Cameroon, Artist Unknown
Goldweights are small objects cast from brass used to weigh out quantities of gold and gold dust. They are cast using a lost-wax casting technique, wherein wax is sculpted into the desired shape and a mold is pressed around the wax model. Then, the mold is heated and the wax drained out, leaving a void in the shape of the original wax model. Liquid brass is poured into the mold and allowed to set before the caster cracks the mold open and retrieves the finished goldweight.