Arts of Africa
Cowrie shell, fiber, wood
late 19th or early 20th century
13 3/4 x 13 3/8 in. (34.9 x 34.0 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
Headdress of cowrie shells and blue and white beads sewn to a raffia-hide backing. The top is a cone-like configuration with three pendant tassels. There are two chin bands. There is a wide semi-circular shelf extending from the sides around the back.
Condition: very good. One pendant tassel broken off, a few missing cowries, and a hole in raffia at left side.
This item is not on view
Kuba. Headdress, late 19th or early 20th century. Cowrie shell, fiber, wood, 13 3/4 x 13 3/8 in. (34.9 x 34.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1443. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.1443_front_PS5.jpg)
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