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Feather headdress

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During ceremonial occasions, rulers and royal officials in the many kingdoms of the Bamileke peoples in the Grassfields region of Cameroon wear flamboyant headdresses made from feathers, among them the red tail feathers of the grey parrot. Such hats also appear as part of the costume of masked...

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Provenance

1980s, acquired in Paris by by anonymous donors; 2009, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

African, Bamileke peoples, Cameroon, mid 20th century

Dimensions

Overall: 22.9 x 78.7 cm (9 x 31 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5358

Medium or Technique

Feathers, vine, fiber, cotton cloth, string

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Textiles