Ceremonial Skull - Cauris, Wood - Ekoi - Nigeria

Description
Ceremonial Skull - Cauris, Wood - Ekoi - Nigeria
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

High quality ceremonial skull form the Ekoi tribe of Nigeria.
Ekoi artists carve cephalomorphic and zoomorphic headdresses which tend to be covered with antelope skin. This technique consists of applying a fresh skin on top of a wooden core.
The stylized skull can be associated with spirits. Good condition, decorated with cauri shells. This type of skulls were used in rituals by different societies of hunters or warriors to ensure the social order within the tribes.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 - 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

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Lot details
Object
Ceremonial Skull
Ethnic group/ culture
Ekoi
Region/ country
Nigeria
Material
Cauris, Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
21×28×14 cm
Weight
800 g
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