Old Bwami headdress from the Lega tribe of DR Congo. These kinds of headdresses were worn by members of the highest ranks of the secret Bwami society, ruling the social structure of the Lega.
These objects were part of the isengo, meaning that they were sacred and therefore, they could only be worn by initiates.
The materials that were used vary, main part is textile an it`s decorated with numerous cauri shells and beads.
The Bwami was a semi-secret society that ruled the Lega society, also in terms of ethic. Good condition with traces of tribal use.