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Facial mask EKOI / EJAGHAM - Wood - Nigeria

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Facial mask EKOI / EJAGHAM - Wood - Nigeria

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Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Facial mask EKOI / EJAGHAM
Region/ country: Nigeria
Material: Wood
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 34×23×34 cm

The Ejagham or Ekoi people, established in the southeast of Nigeria or in western Cameroon, are the source of a unique and quite surprising form of art.
Crests depicting heads covered with antelope skin, with a glazed aspect.

Most of the time, crests consist in heads with a single face or a janiform one, the hairstyle can be made of human hair. We assume that this is a replacement of true skulls which were formerly worn by dancers.

But we can also find more spectacular crests which dimensions can reach 100 cm of height/width, with very elaborate hairdos.

These crests are ornamented with large spirals reproducing a very fashionable style of hairdo in the region of Cross River.

These horned hairstyles, partly enhanced by false hair were widespread. Young girls and married women would have such hairdos during festivities,including the ceremony ending the reclusion of the initiates.

The Ejagham people are considered to be at the origin of this technique of leather on wood, we can also find this among the neighbouring peoples (Idoma, Bangwa, Boki, Igala...).

We can see many crests, sometimes reliquary heads, and more rarely, facial masks.

Certain ancient reliquary heads were human heads, covered with skin. The celebration of a cult with human trophies, and then of a skulls’ cult, seem to be at the origin of this mask tradition.

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