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Juju Bamileke Hat Hairstyle (N° 12919)
Arguably the most famous feathered headdress in African art.
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Bamileke and traditional African art.
These elephant dance, tso, was the occasion of the elephant dance that the members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi , sported these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored 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, 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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