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Ekoi Ejagham Crest Mask (N° 18421)

Volute cimiers in the African art of Ejagham/Ekoi

A conical base in basketry rises a wooden head stretched out of animal skin. Its headdress, usually composed of horns in volutes, is here topped with ventrus perosnnages. The dancer's costume consisted of a large lattice of raffia ropes, and more recently, cotton cloth. The masks were coated with palm oil before use, and placed in daylight so that their leather softened and adopted a satisfying luster. Leopard societies, such as the male society Kpe, Ngbe among the Aro, used this model of cimiers for initiation ceremonies or funerals of members of the association, but also during agricultural rituals. The hairstyle would represent that of the young women named Moninkim in the end of their traditional imprisonments during which the Dkim dance was taught to them. Other dance groups, such as the Ikem , were still wearing these masks in the 2000s. (Nigeria Arts Revisited, N. Barley)  

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OriginCollection privée belge, Lenoir
EthnyEkoi
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood, vannerie, cuir
Height58
Width28
Weight2.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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