African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Bamileke hat
The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African adornment, worn by notables, this example is trimmed with bright yellow feathers.
It was on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso, that the members of the Kuosi society, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng, cloth, ndop, adorned with monkey fur and a leopard sash. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made with parrot feathers, today from wild guinea fowl, the rarity of which resulted in a high cost. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker fibres. A ...