Helmet

African, Cameroon, Grassfields
late 19th/early 20th century


Object Place: Grassfields, Bamenda area, Cameroon

Dimensions

Diameter and length: 22.9 cm (9 in.) Brushed metal stand: 17.5 x 17.5 cm (6 7/8 x 6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2011.481

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, skin, raffia basket

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Helmet type cap on raffia basketry support. Covered in skin or leather with protrusions created by knots in raffia underneath. Ridge across the top.

Provenance

April 5, 2006, sold by Douglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago, to a private collector; 2011, consigned by this private collector to Andres Moraga Textile Art, Berkeley, CA; 2011, sold by Andres Moraga to the MFA. (Accession date: September 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Marshall H. Gould Fund