Enquiry about object: 4047

Your First Name (required)

Your Last Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Country (required)

Your Message

Woman’s Brass & Beaded Headdress & Ear Ornament Set

Kikuyu People, Kenya
early 20th century

diameter of each spiral : 8.8cm; length of headdress: 38cm, total weight: 325g

Available - Enquire


UK art market

This unusual head ornament comprises two large circular spirals of thick brass wire suspended by leather straps from a circular leather head band decorated right the way around with small multi-coloured beads.

Married Kikuyu women did not wear hats but instead placed such a leather strap or band over the front parts of their heads which tended to be completely shaved other than for a small tuft of hair at the back. The strap or headband was held in place by the large brass spiral ornaments which hung past the ears on either side.

A related Kikuyu headdress that comprises only beaded straps and beaded spirals but not brass spirals is illustrated in van Cutsem & Magliani (2010, p. 85).

The example here is in fine condition and is without losses.


van Cutsem, A., & M. Magliani, Powerful Headdresses: Africa-Asia: The Ira Brind Collection, 5 Continents, 2010.

Dozens of items are added to our website each month. Be among the first to know about them.
Sign up to our monthly catalogue