headdress (head ornament)

Banso beaded headdress (Bamenda). A headdress in the shape of a monkey's head. The base of the headdress is a concave circular shape, to be balanced on the head. The inside of the base has a brown textile lining. The edge of the base has red textile sewn onto it. The top of the base is decorated with khaki green, yellow and red embroidered textile, over a solid base. Sewn onto the base is a monkey's head. This is moulded in clay, and is covered with a black textile, onto which multicoloured beads and white shells have been sewn. The ears and eyes have red felt material on them. The eyes are white shells and the nose is made from yellow beads. The monkey has red beaded lips; its mouth is open to expose menacing off-white clay teeth. The top of the head has lines of white shells sewn onto it, and the back of the head is beaded.

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