Headdress

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A headdress worn for celebratory dances. Made of a variety of materials, especially the vibrant frigatebird feathers lend this decorative item a certain dynamism within the movement of the dance. This and other objects from Micronesia came to Freiburg via Eugen Brandeis, who was governor on the island of Jaluit on behalf of the German colonial government from 1898 until 1906. However, most of this ethnographic collection donated to the museum was collected by his wife Antonie Brandeis, who not only collected the objects, but also documented them in detail.

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