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Old Bamileke Royal Dreadlocks Hat Cameroon African Art

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Title Old Bamileke Royal Dreadlocks Hat Cameroon African Art
Type of Object Textiles, Hat
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Bamileke
Materials vegetal fiber (raffia palm?), human hair, rope (unknown material), leather
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 7 Inches
Width: 9 Inches
Depth: 9 Inches
hair is 10 inches long
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair very dirty, minor tears, thick encrustation, general wear


Additional Information: A large, unique headdress from the well known Bamileke tradition.  The dreadlocks appear to be made of pressed human hair.  The cap is sturdy, a tightly woven basket.  A leather amulet included in the coiffure. 


The Grasslands is dominated today by three large cultures: the Bamun, Bamileke, and the Bamenda Tikar. Each village is led by a primary chief, or "Fon." All people in the area are expected to pay allegiance to this leader. Each Fon is selected by his predecessor, based on the dominant lineage within that community. The Fon is served by a council of elders, who advise him on all important decisions and who also play an important role in the selection of the next Fon. Most chiefs serve for a lifetime, abdicating the throne only when near death. Complex societies also help to structure the community, and the Fon oversees these as well. Most large sculpture from this area is produced for the Fon, not only to honor him but for his personal use and display.


For wonderful examples and more information, see Northern's EXPRESSIONS OF CAMEROON ART.