Bust Headdress

Bust Headdress

early-mid 1900s

Wood, glass beads, upholstery studs, and natural fiber

Overall: 52.1 x 15.6 cm (20 1/2 x 6 1/8 in.)

Gift of Edgar A. Hahn 1964.376


Owned and used for entertainment by young unmarried men only among some Baga subgroups, this type of headdress is said to represent the Maiden, a beautiful young woman. With a beaded necklace and eyes embellished with furniture tacks, the headdress was attached to a cone-shaped costume consisting of colorful cloths and raffia and constructed over a bamboo armature.

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