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Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat" (N° 18621)
The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
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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 valiant warriors, the Kosi has evolved into an association of wealthy notables acting on the part of royalty in order to regulate the social order.
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|Material(s)||wood, textile, plumes|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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