ceremonial clothing

Late nineteenth/early twentieth century ceremonial headdress worn by men of high status, likely made from the tail of a colobus monkey. Triple line of cowries are sewn up the front and around the rim. Chin-strap of leather, sewn with double line of cowries.

Ceremonial headdress, worn by men of high status. It would have been commissioned from an individual who specialises in beadwork and leatherwork.

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