H= 30 cm, 34 cm on the wood stand.
South-East Nigeria Anyang head crest mask
Soft wood, beads, and a pirate symbol ( probably taken from a European child's toy ) inserted in the middle of the forehead. One ear missing. red-white-blue beads.
Provenance: Jean-Marc Desaive
The Ekoi speaking peoples from Nigeria (Anyang, Boki, Ejagham, Keaka, and Yako) are best known for these small and bigger head pieces ( often covered with skin)
Living near the river they often incorporated imported elements, like here a metal skull symbol in the middle of the forehead. These masks are used in masquerades from secret societies during funerals, initiations and agricultural events.
Well oxidized wood.
- Indigenous object name
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Early to mid-XXth
- Sold with stand
- 30×13×15 cm