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Juju Bamileke feathered headdress (N° 14735)
Bamileke tribal art.
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The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. Bright colors for this dazzling African adornment of prestige, worn by the notables. 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, a fabric fabric, 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, the rarity of which was high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bound by a basket of wicker fibres. A society originally composed of valiant warriors, the Kosi has evolved into an association of rich notables acting on the part of royalty in order to regulate the social order.
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