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East Africa Art

Mar 17 '13
Man’s hat & cape; Amhara peoples; early-mid 20th century; fur, cloth, metal, glass
Gallery note
In the 19th and 20th centuries among the Amhara, the highest ranking clerics, military officers and court chiefs wore capes and hats of imported cloth decorated with embroidery and other embellishments. The shape of this cape echoes the earlier lion skin capes reserved for the most honored. The lion fur on the collar and hat is reserved for the bravest of warriors, those who have slain a lion.
Man’s hat & cape; Amhara peoples; early-mid 20th century; fur, cloth, metal, glass

Gallery note

In the 19th and 20th centuries among the Amhara, the highest ranking clerics, military officers and court chiefs wore capes and hats of imported cloth decorated with embroidery and other embellishments. The shape of this cape echoes the earlier lion skin capes reserved for the most honored. The lion fur on the collar and hat is reserved for the bravest of warriors, those who have slain a lion.

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