African Crowns of Ancestors

There is a book called, “Powerful Headdresses: Africa and Asia,” which documents the collection of Mrs. Myrna Brind, the wife of Philadelphia philanthropist, Ira Brind. On the cover is a chief’s crown of the Dogon People, who live in the central plateau region of Mali. The bird atop this bronze crown represents ancestors.

However, alain-t, whose meticulous taste in collecting I know well from E-bay, gave a gift to the hair-comb world with this Creative Museum. It has a Dogon crown, which is much more complex and stunning. To me, it looks like the chief on top is crying as he remembers his ancestors, who are sculpted beautifully in brass below. This crown is a story. Well done, alain.

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