Ceremonial Helmet Mask (Bede) and Cowrie Shell Costume - Dogon People, Mali
Ceremonial Helmet Mask (Bede) and Cowrie Shell Costume - Dogon People, Mali
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Ceremonial Helmet Mask (Bede) and Cowrie Shell Costume - Dogon People, Mali

$475.00
The crested plant fiber headpiece represents the hairstyle of the beautiful Peul or Fulbe women, who although desirable, should not considered for marriage by a young Dogon man as they resided outside of the Dogon social structure.
The ornate adornments were sometimes worn by stilt dancers in masquerades and were associated with femininity, water and passage to the ancestral realm. The stilt dancers, acted as intermediaries between the living world of the Dogon and the spirit world.
The cowrie shells were not only beautiful, but also symbolized wealth as it was a form of currency.
Note, stands not included.

Headpiece:
Height:30 " x Width: 8" x Depth: 12"
Costume:
Height: 25" x Width: 13"

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