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The hats usually worn by notables during tribal events are often sumptuous headdresses like the Bamileke Juju. Some hats worn by marabouts are adorned with all sorts of mystical materials.


Ten Bamileke Feather Crown
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The bird's head and symbolism in traditional African art.
This authentic hat called ten, composed of vermilion feathers of the parrot Psittacus erithacus , was worn during a ceremony obeying a set of rules established by ancestors for thousands of years. Originality, it can be folded when not worn. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bound by a basket of wicker fibres. The red feathers of the touraco wings also marked the entry into the adult world. In Cameroon's Grassfields region, men were required to wear headgear under any circumstances. But to add feathers, it required the authorization of the fon.

It was during the elephant dance, tso, that the members of the hierarchical warrior brotherhood Kuosi, Kwosi , ...


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Lega Headdress
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This type of head adornment is worn by the members of the highest ranks of the secret bwami society governing the lega social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives and who instruct their adherents in terms of moral perfectionThese objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be worn by the initiates. The owner cannot part with it during his life. Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi being the highest.

The materials used vary, they can be clothing buttons, cauris, shells, pearls or cocoa beans. On a carefully braided cap of natural fibres, this head cover is completely covered with rows of buttons, glass beads and long braids of vegetable fiber. This headdress was once topped with elephant hair in reference ...


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Bamileke hat
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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 ...


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Headdress Lega
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Ex-collection Italian African art.
This type of headdress is worn by the members of the highest ranks of the secret society bwami governing the social structure lega, open to circumcised adults and their wives and instructing their adherents in terms of moral perfection. These objects are part of the masengo, meaning that they are sacred and therefore can only be worn by initiates.  The owner cannot part with them during his lifetime.  The Bwami has different degrees, the yananio and kindi being the highest. The materials used vary, they can be buttons for clothing, cowries, beads or cocoa beans.  On a carefully braided natural fiber cap, this chef's blanket is entirely covered with manufactured buttons. This antique cap is originally topped with elephant hair in ...


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Bamileke headdress
African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Bamileke headdress

Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, this example offers a trim of bright yellow feathers.
It was on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng ,a cloth fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now from wild guinea fowl, whose scarcity meant high cost. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker fiber. A ...


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Bamileke feather headdress
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, it offers a brightly colored feather trim.
It is on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that the members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng ,a cloth fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl feathers, the scarcity of which made them expensive. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker ...

Bamileke headdress
African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Bamileke headdress

Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, this example offers a trim of bright yellow feathers.
It was on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng ,a cloth fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now from wild guinea fowl, whose scarcity meant high cost. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker fiber. A ...


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Bamileke feather headdress "Juju hat"
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The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. Dazzling prestige African finery, worn by the notables, emerald green color.
It was during 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 , a cloth material, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made with parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, the scarcity 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 fibers. A society ...

Bamileke hat
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Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, this example offers a feather trim of different shades of purple.
It is on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that the members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng ,a cloth fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now from wild guinea fowl, whose scarcity meant high cost. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of ...


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Bamileke headdress
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, this example offers a trim of fuschia feathers.
It is on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that the members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng ,a cloth fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now from wild guinea fowl, whose scarcity meant high cost. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker fiber. A ...


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Bamileke feather headdress
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, it offers a brightly colored feather trim.
It is on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that the members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng ,a cloth fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl feathers, the scarcity of which made them expensive. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker ...


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Laket Kuba headdress
African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Kuba headdress

This type of head ornament is worn on certain occasions by Kuba notables to highlight their wealth and prestige. Particularly careful workmanship characterizes this headdress.
A braided skullcap made of natural fibers is stretched over the textile, which is entirely filled with cowrie shells, applied harmoniously, creating a dense and regular network ending in a bouquet at the top. These shells, a barter currency originally imported from the Indian Ocean by Hausa merchants, are a symbol of fertility and abundance.
The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the higher ranks of their society. Indeed, several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined designs including cups, drinking horns and beakers. The Lele are ...


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Bwami Lega Headdress
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African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Chapeau League

This type of head adornment is worn by the members of the highest ranks of the secret bwami society governing the lega social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives and who instruct their adherents in terms of moral perfection
These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be worn by the initiates. The owner cannot part with it during his life. Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi being the highest.

The materials used vary, they can be clothing buttons, cauris, pearls or cocoa beans. On a carefully braided cap of natural fibers, this head cover is completely covered with rows of pangolin scales, animal totem of Lega that suels of initiates can consume. He would have taught them the art of making the ...


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Bwami Mukuba s Lega Hairstyle
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Ex-collection of Swiss tribal art.
This type of head adornment is worn by members of the highest ranks of the secret society, which governs the social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives, and which educates its members in terms of moral perfection. These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and therefore can only be worn by initiates.  The owner cannot part with them during his lifetime.  The Bwami has different degrees, the yananio and kindi being the highest. The materials used vary, they can be buttons for clothing, cowries, beads or cocoa beans.  On a carefully braided cap made of natural fibers, this headgear is entirely covered with cowries, a barter currency originally imported from the Indian Ocean by Hausa merchants. This cap ...

Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat"
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
African Prestige Show, worn by the notables, this copy offers light red feathers.
These elephant dance, tso, was the occasion of the elephant dance, where members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multi-coloured costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally composed of ...

Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat"
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African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Bamileke Hairstyle

The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art . It is on the occasion of the dance of the elephant, tso, that the members of the society Kuosi , Kwosi , wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a cloth, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made of parrot feathers, nowadays of wild guinea fowl, whose rarity made them very expensive. The feathers are attached to cloth-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker ...

Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat"
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Serite African Parure, worn by notables, this copy offers a dark red feather trim.
These elephant dance, tso, was the occasion of the elephant dance, where members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multi-coloured costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally composed of ...

Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat"
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
African Prestige Parure, worn by notables, this copy offers a garnish of orange feathers.
These elephant dance, tso, was the occasion of the elephant dance, where members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multi-coloured costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally ...

Marabout hat Fon of Dendi
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Private collection of African art J.Putteners
In its history, Fon African art has been imbued with Yoruba and ewe creations according to migration and trade. However, this art cannot be reduced to these two influences. Indeed, the Fon themselves have brought their originality to their statuary.
In particular, voodoo or vodun, a religious cult whose name comes from a variant of the Yoruba word meaning "dieu", is found in them.

At the top of a basket woven with natural fibres, the skull and horns of an animal are decorated with beads of blue, white and red glasses, cauris for the pupils and along the middle line dividing the skull. There are metal rings, bells and leather bags, giving this " object of curiosity" a special strangeness.


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Bwami s Lega Hairstyle
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African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Headdress Lega

This type of head adornment is worn by members of the highest ranks of the secret society bwami regating the Lega social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives and who instruct their adherents in terms of moral perfection. These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be carried by the initiates. The owner cannot part with it during his life. Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi highest.

The materials used vary, they may be clothing buttons, curies, pearls or cocoa beans. On an old cap carefully braided in natural fibers, this head cover has the distinction of being covered with scales of pangolin, a totem animal of the Lega that only initiates can consume. According to legend, the animal taught them ...


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Bamileke Hairstyle
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, this example offers a variegated feather in shades of beige.
It is on the occasion of the dance of the elephant, tso ,that the members of the society Kuosi , Kwosi , sported these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng ,a cloth fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now from wild guinea fowl, whose scarcity meant high cost. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket ...


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