Ceremonial wig (Tekuwa) with gilded ornaments - ROM2016_15073_13


Ceremonial wig (Tekuwa) with gilded ornaments

Maker: Alice Quansah
Medium:Natural and synthetic fiber, trimmings, metal
Geography: Cape Coast, Ghana
Date: 2014
26 x 22 cm
Object number: 2014.59.1.1-6
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Department of Museum Volunteers Acquisition and Research Fund
Not on view
DescriptionThis towering, elaborate, and bejewelled wig would be worn by female political leaders and asafo captains (asafohembaa) in Cape Coast during festivals and celebrations. This characteristic headdress was custom-made for the ROM by local specialist Madam Alice Quansah ‒ who has been practicing the art for 50 years. The tekuwa is decorated with gilded ornaments purchased in Takoradi. Wigs like this refer to the hairdos worn by Fante women at the turn of the 20th century.
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