BAGA SIBONDEL HEADDRESSES , Guinea

 

  BAGA, Sibondel Headdress 1
22"high x 48"long x 21" deep, $2000, Guinea

 

   BAGA, Sibondel Headdress 2
50" high x 27"long x 19" deep, $1500, Guinea

 

    BAGA, Sibondel Headdress 3
43"high x 26"long x 21" deep, $1500, Guinea


Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAGA , SIBONDEL HEADDRESSES, Guinea

These large rectangular headdresses are danced principally at marriages. Featuring the head of a hare whose body takes the form of a box, the headdress is actually a sort of miniature stage on top of which an ensemble of figures, human and animal, performs a play. The stage, the figures and the hare's head are painted in brilliant colors and before being sent into the dance, the entire surface is rubbed with palm oil to make it glisten.

Despite their appearance most of these objects show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

Numbers 2 and 3, retaining more of the original supporting structure, are mounted on metal bases.


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