Bust Headdress

Bust Headdress

early-mid 1900s

Wood, metal, beads, fiber

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

Gift of Edgar A. Hahn 1964.376

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Credit line: 
Gift of Edgar A. Hahn

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