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Ceremonial Beaded Hat

Bamileke, Cameroon

Ceremonial Beaded Hat. Bamileke Culture, Cameroon

This ceremonial hat, bearing an animal crest, is beautifully adorned with spiral, circular and triangular beaded decorations in prominent colours of green, brown, red and white. A beaded open-mouthed leopard, crouches on top of the headdress. Among the Bamileke, the leopard is a symbol of leadership and power. In Bamileke art, the arrangement of beads into triangular patterns(known as 'isoceles triangles') relate to the spots of the leopard. A face, composed of geometric designs, features at the front of the hat.

Ex Private Collection, Italy

Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century or Before

H (Excl. Display Stand): 27cm

W: 22cm

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H (Incl. Stand): 48 CM
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