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Figure masculine Ejagham
African art > African Statues > Statue Ejagham

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 ...


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Ejagham Crest Mask
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African art > African mask > Ekoi Crest

A circular base in braided basketry rises a head evoking the ideal of feminine beauty in the Ejaghams. It was carved from a wood that was then sheathed with animal skin, mostly antelope. This extravagant hairstyle consisting of a volute growth between two leather-trimmed horns, would represent the hair extensions of the girls at the end of their period of initiation. The hollowed-out mouth has metallic teeth. Stretched eyelids open onto bleached globes.
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 ...


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