DOGON HELMET 12, Mali

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

DOGON
Helmet 12
5" high x 8" wide
$400

In traditional Africa, helmets were used not only as protection, but also to show status or rank. They can be carved from wood, cast in bronze or woven and embellished with horns, symbolic forms, cloth, cowries, metal strips and beads. This crown-like helmet is make of iron.

Despite its appearance and patina, we believe this helmet was probably made to be sold.

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