Prestige Hat (Ashetu)
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Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Prestige Hat (Ashetu)  
Date:   mid 20th century  
Medium:   Cotton  
Dimensions:   7 1/2 x 7 in. (19.05 x 17.78 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Paul C. Johnson, Jr. Fund  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

This orange, blue, and white crocheted cotton hat is another example of an ashetu. It features open work designed in white and concentric circles and geometric shapes decorating the crown. This hat also mimics the wrapped, tufted hairstyles indicating elevated social status.

Object Description  
Classification:   Textiles  
Physical Description:   cylindrical shape; ribbed rim with blue, orange and white stripes; overall openwork design in white with short protruding blue tendrils; concentric circles with geometric design at center on top in orange, blue and white; crochet  
Creation Place:   Africa, Cameroon, Grasslands, ,  
Accession #:   2000.190  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts