This hat is covered with cowry shells over the basketry surface. The chin strap similarly ornamented.
These kinds of headdresses were worn by members of the highest ranks of the secret Bwami society, ruling the social structure of the Lega.
These objects were part of the isengo, meaning that they were sacred and therefore, they could only be worn by initiates.
The materials that were used vary, there are clothing buttons, cowry shells, beads or cocoa beans.
The Bwami was a semi-secret society that ruled the Lega society, also in terms of ethic.
Approx. 70 years old. Dimension: 17cm in height. Registered shipping.
- Indigenous object name
- Lega woven fibers traditional hat
- Region/ country
- DR Congo
- Cowry, Plant fibre, Shells
- Mid 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 17×19×17 cm