Bamileke Elephant Headdess MW77 - Cameroon - Sold
Bamileke Elephant Headdess MW77 - Cameroon - Sold
Bamileke Elephant Headdess MW77 - Cameroon - Sold 1
Bamileke Elephant Headdess MW77 - Cameroon - Sold 2
Bamileke Elephant Headdess MW77 - Cameroon - Sold 3
Bamileke Elephant Headdess MW77 - Cameroon - Sold 4
Bamileke Elephant Headdess MW77 - Cameroon - Sold 5
Bamileke Elephant Headdess MW77 - Cameroon - Sold 6

Bamileke Elephant Headdess MW77 - Cameroon - Sold

24"high by 8"wide by 8"wide Material: Embroidered cotton & cowrie shells People: Bamileke Country: Cameroon Richly adorned headdresses were worn by both the Fon or chief and by the Fon's eligible warriors that were members of the "elephant mask society". They were danced at the funeral of a Fon and at bi-annual meetings. When danced, the long front beaded panel would swing thus resembling an elephant's trunk. The elephant was considered a symbol of force & power for which the Fon is known. It was believed that the Fon could transform himself into either an elephant or leopard at will. Every costume was intended to display wealth, power and privilege of the Fon. #MW77
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