Baga Nimba Headdress

c. 1850
$1,880 USD
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Dimensions
W: 15.0" D: 18.0" H: 24.75"
Materials
Wood
Reed
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Collection #
CAA0641
Estimated Shipping
$150

It’s easy to imagine the spectacle of this headdress being performed at a festival or initiation ceremony - its sturdy form swaying upon the shoulders of a male dancer and the rustle of its grass trim against the colorful swirl of an elaborate costume. Made mid-19th century by an artist of the Baga people in Guinea-Bissau, this headdress celebrates the beauty of the female form and its symbolic connection to nature, fertility, and bountiful harvests. All that is socially and spiritually important to the Baga is embraced in this powerful yet benevolent Nimba figure.

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