Diviner's Headdress ("Nkaka")
Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia
Glass beads, textile, feathers, and civet pelts
Gift of James and Lin Willis
Currently On View
Jim Willis (San Francisco), acquired from Pierre Dartevelle (Brussels) “a long time ago.” No specific dates that the donor could remember.
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Used in the West for sets of health beliefs and practices that developed within the culture of a particular ethnic or geographic group of people, distinct from modern Western medicine; commonly includes herbal and homeopathic remedies, religious or spiritual ritual, and an holistic approach to patients. [February 1996 descriptor added.]
Art or practice of foreseeing future events or obtaining secret knowledge through divine sources, omens, or oracles; it is based on the belief that revelations are offered to humans in extrarational forms of knowledge. CCE [November 1994 alternate term added. January 1992 descriptor added.]
Practices or patterns of behavior regularly performed in a set, precise manner, for either personal or public purposes. [March 1993 descriptor changed, was 'rituals'; alternate term changed, was 'ritual'; scope note changed.]
Elaborate coverings or objects for the head, especially those worn for ceremonial or ornamental purposes.
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