BAGA SIBONDEL HEADDRESSES, Guinea
Despite their appearance, these objects show no evidence of age
or use and were probably made to be sold.
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
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, there is an ensemble of figures,
human and animal, which perform a play. The stage, the figures and the hare's
head are painted in brilliant colors. Before being sent into the dance,
the entire surface is rubbed with palm oil to make it glisten.
Numbers 2 and 3, retaining more of the original supporting structure,
are mounted on metal bases.
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