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Bamileke feather headdress "Juju hat" (N° 17398)
The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. Dazzling prestige African finery, worn by the notables, emerald green color.
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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 A society originally made up of valiant warriors, the Kosi evolved into an association of wealthy notables acting on behalf of royalty to regulate social order.
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|Material(s)||wood, plumes, textile, raphia|
|Estimated dating||fin xx°|
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