African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Ejagham Statue

Male figure Ejagham (N° 14664)

This statue would evoke an Ikem dance dancer sporting the extravagant hairstyle consisting of volute growths, depicting the hair extensions of the girls at the end of their period of initiation. It was carved from a wood that was then sheathed with animal skin, mostly antelope. The mouth reveals ritually cut teeth. Stretched eyelids open onto bleached globes. The elements of the head are removable. The dancer's costume consisted of a large lattice of raffia ropes, and more recently, cotton fabric. The masks were coated with palm oil before use, and placed in daylight so that the leather would soften and adopt a satisfying luster. Leopard societies, such as the male society Kpe, Ngbe among the Aro, used this crest model for initiation ceremonies or funerals of association members, but also during agricultural rituals. The hairstyle would represent that of young women after their traditional confinements during which the dance Nkim was taught to them. Other dance groups, such as the Ikem , still wore these masks in the 2000s. (Nigerian Arts Revisited, N. Barley) (Arts of Nigeria, 5Continents, A.Lebas) (U.0022Africa", Ed. Prestel, T. Phillips)  

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Originex-collection suisse
Material(s)wood, cuir
Height cm65
Width22 cm
Weight2.00 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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