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Woman's hood

  • Place of origin:

    Afghanistan (Nuristan, made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

95A-1904: Headress made up a curved base support of twisted possibly human hair, with four stiff protusions (horns) made of twisted possibly human hair wrapped around twigs. Covered with a layers of netting possibly made of goat hair, with two pouches on either side of the base stuffed with cotton fabric. Embellished with a thick metal coil at the front centre, a smaller coil along the top, and two long metal coils around twigs hanging from the back attached with a metal sequin and glass bead.

Place of Origin

Afghanistan (Nuristan, made)


19th century (made)


Length: 39 cm Max horn tip to horn tip, Width: 18 cm, Height: 29 cm approx when worn

Object history note

One of two known examples of this type of 'Kafir' horned headdress, the other in the Oslo Ethnographic Museum.

Descriptive line

Woman's headress of two parts, Nuristan (formerly Kafiristan), 19th century; Textiles; Hats and Headwear


Human hair; Goat hair; Wood; Metal; Cotton (textile); Glass


Netting; Wrapping


Textiles; Hats & headwear; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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