Oglinye Society Head Crest
Idoma Tribe, Nigeria
Wood, kaolin pigment

H: 13"
Inventory # 10464

Headdresses such as this, with a conical base supporting a round like human head belonged to the Oglinye society, which was originally a warrior society. Nowadays, however, it retains only the idea that its members are strong and courageous. This piece displays the classic Idoma style, depicting the open mouth showing teeth and vertical keloids on the temples.