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Juju Bamileke Hat Hairstyle (N° 12919)

Arguably the most famous feathered headdress in African art.
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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Material(s)plumes, wood, tissus
Weight2.00 Kg
Estimated dating1980
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