Hat - Cowry, Plant fibre, Shells - Lega woven fibers traditional hat - DR Congo

Description
Hat - Cowry, Plant fibre, Shells - Lega woven fibers traditional hat - DR Congo
Mid 20th century - Good

LEGA HAT/Bonnet
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.

Lot details
Object
Hat
Indigenous object name
Lega woven fibers traditional hat
Region/ country
DR Congo
Material
Cowry, Plant fibre, Shells
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
17×19×17 cm
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