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Crest Mask - Wood, Antelope skin - Ejagham - Ekoi - Nigeria - Asian African Art
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Crest Mask – Wood, Antelope skin – Ejagham – Ekoi – Nigeria

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Description

Stunning crest mask from the Ejagham tribe of Nigeria.
The Ejaghams live in the Cross River area. They are best known for their wooden crests covered with animal skin.

The Ekoi-speaking peoples are best known for their large, skin-covered masks, which may have one, two or even three faces, and for their smaller headpieces, which represent a head or an entire figure. The heads and skin-covered helmet-masks are unique in Africa. Earlier skins of slaves, later skins of antelopes, were used. Crest masks do not cover the head but rather sit on top of it. They are attached to the basketry cap, which is held on the wearer’s head.
Spectacular by the exuberance of their hairstyles and the realism of the face, that is mounted on a wooden base.

OBJECT

Crest Mask
INDIGENOUS OBJECT NAME

Ejagham
ETHNIC GROUP/ CULTURE

Ekoi
REGION/ COUNTRY

Nigeria – 53 cm
MATERIAL

Antelope skin, Wood
PERIOD

2nd half 20th century
CONDITION

Good
SOLD WITH STAND

No
DIMENSIONS

53×16×16 cm
WEIGHT

1800 g
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