Vintage Wodabbe Leather Headband with Brass and Cowries from Niger

Vintage Wodabbe Leather Headband with Brass and Cowries from Niger

This leather and brass adornment is known as a "silkin" and worn tied around the head with the silver pendant in the middle of the forehead.The brass and cowrie strands frame the young Wodabbe man's face as he displays his unique beauty in the annual Geerewol Festival in Central Niger. It was collected in the 1970s in Niger and is in very good condition. Circumference is adjustable, brass and cowrie side ornaments measure 8".

A wonderful example of traditional ceremonial adornment...

 

$125