African Tribal Art - Beaded Panel, Diviner's Headdress (Nkaka), Tabwa People, D. R. Congo

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Beaded panel from a diviner's headdress, Nkaka
Tabwa people, D.R. Congo
Glass beads, cotton
9" by 14" (23 by 35.5 cm), as mounted
20th century

A beaded panel from a diviner's headdress, called nkaka, which would have been surmounted with feathers
. The design motifs are symbolic of the perceptiveness and second sight of the diviner, critical attributes necessary in resolving problems in the community.

It has been mounted on black linen.


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