Head - Wood - Boki - Anyang - Nigeria

Description
Head - Wood - Boki - Anyang - Nigeria
Early to mid-XXth - Fair

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.

Lot details
Object
Head
Indigenous object name
Boki
Ethnic group/ culture
Anyang
Region/ country
Nigeria
Material
Wood
Period
Early to mid-XXth
Condition
Fair
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
30×13×15 cm
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