Here we present an Ejagham headdress that is janus faced, mounted on a basketry pedestal worn on top of the dancer’s head. This Ejagham or Ekoi headdress has a tapering neck, displaying two faces covered with antelope skin, with open mouth of filed teeth, and tapered coiffure with human hair. These masks were worn by accomplished male dancers and were used during funerals and initiations.
Origin: Nigeria, Cross River region
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a French collection
Materials: Wood, dyed antelope skin, pigment, hair, basketry base and custom wood stand
Dimensions: 9 1/2 in. high x 4 1/2 in. wide
Condition: Appears in very good condition with some abrasions
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