Medium: Organic material, pigment, human hair, plastic beads, ostrich feathers, chicken feathers
Dimensions: 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (31.8 x 31.8 x 50.1 cm)
Museum Location: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
Accession Number: 1996.112.2
Catalogue Description: Casque-shaped wig with extended large flat chignon in rear; conical crown above forehead. Outer surface of chignon covered with human hair. Underside of chignon lined with cloth; hollow inner pocket used to carry valuables. Mud-plastered wig decorated with incised parallel lines. Distributed red, yellow and purple pigment on exterior. Between the crown and cap is a band of human hair; attached to the hair is a string of white, navy and red plastic beads. Inserted into aluminum rings at tip of crown and sides of cap are ostrich feathers; inserted into conical mound at top of coiffure are ostrich and chicken feathers. One aluminum ring remains empty on either side of cap. Condition: Crack in cap held together with gauze. Some feathers missing from aluminum rings.