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Selection of 6 Authentic Ethnic Cameroon Headdresses and Ceremonial Hats

Origin Cameroon
Period 1900-1919
Materials Organic materials, hand crafted
Dimensions
W. 4.53 in; H. 4.33 in;
W. 11.5 cm; H. 11 cm;
Condition Good. These items are in good condition.
Creation Date Unknown
Number of Pieces 6-7
Description The Grasslands are a significant cultural area in Cameroon to which several Bamileke ‘kingdoms’ belong. The ethnic group of the Bamileke, who are primarily farmers, has highly hierarchized communities. The prominent leader in each community is the village chief, supported by a council of elders. He owns all the village land and decides on legal disputes. The social stratification of the Bamileke-societies is visible in everyday things such as clothing. The headgear, in particular, is a sign of distinction. Hats that are adorned with pearls, cowries and feathers emphasize the prestige and wealth of the wearer. Kings and essential court officials only wear ceremonial hats with porcupine quills. The quills underline the sacred role of the ruler. He is believed to have special powers and qualities with which to control nature. This type of headdress began to emerge in Cameroon around the turn of the 20th century. The Bamileke often colour their elitist headdresses, also known as Ashetu, with natural dye. As an essential material for crocheting, they use hemp fibres and cotton. The Grasslands are a significant cultural area in Cameroon to which several Bamileke ‘kingdoms’ belong. The ethnic group of the Bamileke, who are primarily farmers, has highly hierarchized communities. The prominent leader in each community is the village chief, supported by a council of elders. He owns all the village land and decides on legal disputes. The social stratification of the Bamileke-societies is visible in everyday things such as clothing. The headgear, in particular, is a sign of distinction. Hats that are adorned with pearls, cowries and feathers emphasize the prestige and wealth of the wearer. Kings and essential court officials only wear ceremonial hats with porcupine quills. The quills underline the sacred role of the ruler. He is believed to have special powers and qualities with which to control nature. This type of headdress began to emerge in Cameroon around the turn of the 20th century. The Bamileke often colour their elitist headdresses, also known as Ashetu, with natural dye. As a primary material for crocheting, they use hemp fibres and cotton.
Styles / Movements African, Traditional, Tribal
Dealer Reference Number 385-386-387-388-389-390
Incollect Reference Number 459272
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