Several different hair ornaments are worn in the WANA region. Some of them tied in the hair itself, others attached to a separate band or head cloth. Often these items serve a decorative purpose, but they also function as amulets or talismans.
One of the most famous hair ornaments is the Tanfouk or Talhakimt worn by villagers and nomads in the West-African region. They can be seen in the image middle right and in the two lower images. They are made of several different materials, glass, plastics (Bakelite), stone and metals.
The top and middle left image shows the silver or other metals temple ornaments worn mainly in villages in West-Africa. These ornaments are made of open worked metal and are most of the times stuffed with perfumed materials such as cloth, wool or cotton. At the tip, the ornaments were often decorated with enamel.
In the bottom image a hair ornament from Egypt can be seen (now in the Petrie museum in London). The date is unclear. The ornament was put in the hairstyle at the end of a braids.