Tribal Group: YORUBA.
African tribal Yoruba House of the Head
House of the head, basket with
cowrie shells overlaid, leather handles,
leather bird atop.

African tribal art house of the head | Yoruba
Yoruba people are believed to venerate
an individual's "inner head", a spirit that is
responsible for the persons's destiny.
The symbolic inner head is preserved
in a container called "house of the head."
It is made from leather and cloth and
covered with cowrie shells, which are
associated with wealth, a sign of the owner's
prestige in the tribe.

House of the head Yoruba African tribal art
21" tall x 8" diameter

Maker unknown ~ age uncertain
Acquired in 1996

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