In a braided rigid monoidal category $(\mathcal{M},\otimes)$ left and right duals coincide. What is an example of a rigid monoidal category where left and right duals coincide but there exist no braiding for the category?
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1$\begingroup$ Modules over an involutive Hopf algebra, which is not quasitriangular. $\endgroup$– Bugs BunnyFeb 22, 2020 at 16:12

3$\begingroup$ It may be useful to know that the standard term for when left and right duals coincide in a coherent way is "pivotal category". Any pivotal category which is braided is automatically spherical. So any nonspherical pivotal category will give an example which does not have any braiding. $\endgroup$– Tobias FritzFeb 22, 2020 at 16:27

$\begingroup$ @Bugs Bunny: Does left and right duals coinciding in $_Hmod$ imply the Hopf algebra $H$ s quasitriangular? $\endgroup$– Fofi KonstantopoulouFeb 22, 2020 at 16:56

2$\begingroup$ @Fofi Konstantopoulou No way. $\endgroup$– Bugs BunnyFeb 22, 2020 at 17:31

$\begingroup$ Adding to Tobias Fritz' comment, it's worth mentioning that a braided rigid category is not pivotal in general. Left and right duals a priori only coincide as functors, but not as monoidal functors, which is really the compatibility condition one would like. $\endgroup$– Jo MoJan 21, 2022 at 12:07
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The simplest example is Ggraded vector spaces where G is a nonabelian group.

$\begingroup$ Is it clear that this category does not admit a braiding? $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2020 at 22:50

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