Mask (1) - Wood - Egagham (Ekoï) - Nigeria

Mask (1) - Wood - Egagham (Ekoï) - Nigeria
Early 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Crocodile crest of Egagham (Ekoï) - Nigeria.

Early 20th century - in good condition - without stand

In Africa, the death penalty existed for murderers, witches and other serious offenders. But what did they do with their bodies?
Among the Ekoï (alias Egagham), they were thrown to crocodiles.

Crocodiles, living in water, are considered to be in direct contact with the kingdom of spirits located in the water of rivers, sources of life.
By devouring spoils, crocodiles were removing all traces of these evil beings, and in the world of the living, and in the world of spirits.
This disappearance was celebrated during rituals danced with masks like the one presented here.

This mask was guarded by a diviner whose quality reflects the great mastery of Egagham in the art of making very realistic pieces covered with skins.
The 4 legs are articulated.
Very rare piece.

Provenance : Private Belgian collection

Certification on request

Shipping : Insured, tracked and traced
Pick up possible at our gallery in Brussels (Sablon)

Lot details
Total nr of items
Ethnic group/ culture
Egagham (Ekoï)
Region/ country
Early 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
0×0×88 cm
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