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Bwami Mukaba's Lega Hairstyle (N° 17421)
Ex-Collection Swiss tribal art.
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This type of head adornment is worn by members of the highest ranks of the secret society bwami governing the social structure lega, 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, including clothing buttons, cureds, pearls or cocoa beans. On a carefully braided cap made of natural fibres, this head cover is entirely covered with cauris, a barter currency originally imported from the Indian Ocean by Hausa merchants. This ancient cap is topped with elephant hair in reference to the destructive power of the animal under an unflappable appearance. This prestigious accessory, prohibited today, was reserved for insiders of the last rung who identified with the animal.
Source: Insiders . Ed. Dapper Museum ; Animal Dapper Museum.
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|Material(s)||plant fibre et animales, cauris|
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