About this object

This type of headdress is worn by naidugubele healers during consultations. As he plays his harp and dances, shaking the tail bells of the headdress, the healer becomes possessed by a dangerous nai spirit and can discover the source of his client’s suffering. When Hutchings bought this piece in 1966 as an exception to his rule of buying “art” pieces, because he described it as an “ethnographical specimen”

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Senufo
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Cowrie; Textile; Brass; Sheep Bone; Antelope Horn
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Gallery 43, 1966
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    900 mm x 130 mm x 270 mm
  • Note
    STOCKBOOK: Decorated sheep’s skull (Senufo). Purchased from Gallery 43, 43 George Street, London, W.1. in 1966 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund. Gallery label: This type of headdress is worn by naidugubele healers during consultations. As he plays his harp and dances, shaking the tail bells of the headdress, the healer becomes possessed by a dangerous nai spirit and can discover the source of his client’s suffering.
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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