Antique Lega Bwami chief Hat with Mussel Shells Buttons From Congo

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Seller: jsquare-uk ✉️ (234) 100%, Location: Bromley, GB, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 373546445443 Antique Lega Bwami chief Hat with Mussel Shells Buttons From Congo. Antique Lega Bwami Hat adorned with Mussel Shells Buttons which originated from Congo dated early 20th century. The hat has a conical shape, made from made of plants used in the basketry technique and adorned with 5 large and 4 mussel shells. The top part of the hat also has 2 large shells on each side. The Lega people are an ethnic group in the democratic republic of Congo. This hat is typically worn by the chief, it indicates a high status, the chief inherits his a position as chief and his close relatives have the highest rank. The Bwami society a semi secret society of men and women also regulates social and political life. In 1933 the Belgian authorities banned Bwami, and they prohibited the society again in 1948. The Bwami continued underground and was officially recognized again in 1958. The hat's Approx measurements are:Height: 18cm (7inches)Width: 15.5cm (6.2inches)Depth: : 15.5cm (6.2inches)Considering it’s age, it’s in great condition.Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd class signed for and standard international shipping. Primary Material: Plant/raffia, Antique: Yes, Original/ Repro: Original, Product: Masks, Region of Origin: Africa, Age: 1900-1940

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