Bwami Hat for Lutumbo lwa Yananio Level
Arts of Africa
The hats in this case were originally worn by initiates into Bwami, the key social organization of Lega society and patron of its great artistic genres. Bwami is a strictly tiered, hierarchical organization through which initiates advance from one state of knowledge to the next.
Animal hide, animal hair, woven fiber, zipper, buttons, shell, hyrax teeth
early 20th century
height: 6 in. (15.2 cm);
diam.: 7 in. (17.8 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Drs. Noble and Jean Endicott
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Lega. Bwami Hat for Lutumbo lwa Yananio Level, early 20th century. Animal hide, animal hair, woven fiber, zipper, buttons, shell, hyrax teeth, height: 6 in. (15.2 cm);. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Drs. Noble and Jean Endicott, 1992.136.18. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.136.18_PS6.jpg)
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