New dancer's haddreses from Africa

From left: Dancer's headdress (Sepik river people)

This headdress decorated with wild pig's tusks and feathers of the cassowary is made for ritual dancing ceremony and comes from a small village in one of the most hard accessible districts of New Guinea. The dancer wears no other clothes except this headware. Papua, Sepik river valley, 20th cent.

From right: Dancer's headdress (Ijo)

This amazing headdress reachin 40 cm in height was worn by a dancer during a special ceremony, while his head and body were all covered by a costume. The audience could only see the wooden figure on a long neck and were absolutely sure that it was not a man dancing in front of them but a spirit which came into the dancer. Nigeria, Calabar, early 20th cent.