|Ethnic group:||Botolo, Ekonda|
|Material:||Copper, Plant Fibre|
|Period:||Mid 20th century|
|Sold with stand:||No|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
This interesting hat is a rare handwoven hat in a layered conical form. The tiered hat is woven from vegetal fibres worn by Ekonda chiefs. Such wickerwork hats come from a number of contiguous groups living in the Congo Basin region, especially among the Ekonda, Ntumba, Bolia, Sengele and Sakata. Such wicker hats were known as Botolo, and they were worn by leaders, initiates and diviners as part of ornaments and also as symbols of status. It has one copper attached to the hat.