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Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat" (N° 19216)
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 fibers. Originally a society composed of valorous warriors, the Kosi's evolved into an association of wealthy notables acting on behalf of royalty to regulate social order.
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|Material(s)||plant fibre, vannerie, plumes, textile|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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