The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum


An extravagant hairpiece reflecting male pride in their hair. To shave the head was considered a profound religious or mourning sacrifice. The prematurely bald, the old men and those regrowing their hair after a period of mourning would hide their baldness under beautifully crafted human hair wigs, often dyed in grey, bull-yellow, red and black patterns. The wigs would be fastened to a magimagi net and fitted with a drawstring to hold them in place. When not being worn they were stored inside-out. Diameter: 41cm.

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