Janus Ejagham/Ekoi Headdress Mask
Ejagham/Ekoi Tribe, Nigeria
Wood, antelope skin
Inventory # 10401
The Ejagham (Ekoi) people live in a politically decentralized group of small, scattered villages with several clans united under the leadership of a priest/chief (Ntoon). The Ntoon is responsible for the ritual activities of the community while the political functions are performed by various societies of elders and age-grade associations of young men. The Ejagham’s best known art forms are large, skin-covered headdresses (crest masks), such as this piece, which were attached to basketry caps and worn on the top of the head. They were likely used in connection with celebrations or rituals associated with initiation ceremonies.
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