Year: 20th century
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Medium: Cowries, glass beads, fabric, raffia
Size: 9 x 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.
Accession Number: 2005.64
Gift of William D. and Norma Canelas Roth
Part of the African Art Collection
This headdress is called a mpaan
. It is adorned with many cowrie shells and glass beads, which is a rich display of title and status among the Kuba people. This headdress is part of the regalia of a senior titled woman. It is most often displayed on the body of the deceased at funerals.