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Mask crest Ekoi Ejagham
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African art > African mask > Mask crest Ekoi Ejagham

The Ekoi in African Art From a conical base in woven basketry stands a wooden head covered with animal skin, usually antelope, but originally composed of a skull and human skin. has a hairstyle made up of six extravagant removable horns, which are also leather-wrapped, with an open mouth, which could in some cases allow the ritual insertion of magic ingredients. oil, conferring on the object a lacquered appearance.The projecting eyes, circled with kaolin, stand out from the dark patina with carmine reflections.The costume of the dancer consisted of a large lattice of raffia cords, and more recently in cotton fabric, the masks were coated with palm oil before use, and placed in daylight so that their softening leather and adopts a suitable luster.Leopard societies, such as the company male ...

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Ekoi/ Ejagham Janiform Crest Mask
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Ex-French tribal art collection.
Crests in the African art of the Ejagham/Ekoi.
Leopard societies, such as the men's society Kpe, Ngbe among the Aro of Nigeria, used this model of crest masks for initiation ceremonies or funerals of members of the association, but also during rituals Agricultural. A janiform cephalomorphic sculpture, established on a conical base in braided basketry, is sheathed with animal skin, usually antelope. Its hairstyle consists of six extravagant removable horns, in volutes, which are also covered in leather. The oil whose object has been greased confers a lacquered appearance on it. The protruding eyes, surrounded by kaolin, animate the dark patina. The dancer's costume consisted of a large lattice of raffia ropes, and more recently, cotton fabric. ...

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Crest Ekoi/Ejagham Mask
African art > African mask > Crest Ekoi/Ejagham Mask

This type of African cephalomorphic mask, which would represent the trophy head of an enemy, is found among the Efik, Keaka, Banyang, Boki, Ibibio, etc. ...

Originally from Calabar, these African masks were originally produced by the Ekoi (Ejagham) and were transported throughout the Cross River region of southeastern Nigeria, and from the 17th century local people were influenced by Europe through the commercial transactions and the naturalism of their sculptures. The base of a cylindrical basketry base is a wooden head covered with animal skin, originally a human skull, and having a hairstyle in which human hair has been fixed with the aid of A vegetable glue, the open mouth is deeply hollow, which could allow the ritual insertion of magical substances.The whole was coated ...

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Cross River Akwanshi Monolith
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African art > Monolith, cross river stones > Cross River Akwanshi Monolith

Although smaller, it is a monolithic votive head Ekoi Cross River called "Akwanshi." Rare piece for amateur African art.

The character's face is deeply carved in basalt. These pieces were carved in tribute to the dead legendary. Today, the tradition continues. Thus, when the spiritual leader of the villages Ekoi dies (the Ntoon), a representative stone is carved.

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