Ifugao Headdress Hornbill

The ulo di kang-o is an Ifugao headdress worn on the head of the groom during wedding ceremony. This is made of a hornbill beak (kalaw) wrapped with a piece of blue cloth. The hornbill beak symbolizes a good omen and usually adorned to Ifugao headdress especially those worn by the mumbaki or religious practitioner.

Collected in May 1914 by the famous anthropologists Henry Otley Beyer, this headdress is 2.25 meters in length and 0.085 meters in diameter.

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