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 responsible for
the person'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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